Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom has received positive conclusions on seismic parameters of building nuclear power plants in India, the company’s Deputy Director-General Gennady Sakharov on Thursday.
“The obstacle has been cleared. Before making the decision, we had to receive seismic conclusions. We have received them now and they are positive,” he said.
Rosatom helped to build the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in India. In early May, the plant’s Unit 1 was brought to 90 percent its capacity.
Unit 1 was synchronised to the power grid on October 22, 2013, generating 160 MWe. The power will be further raised to 500 MWe, 750 MWe and 1,000 MWe in stages. At every stage, various tests are conducted and the technical parameters are verified. Based on the results of the tests at each of the stages and with AERB clearances, subsequent stages are reached.
In 2010 Russia and India signed a roadmap for building up to 14-16 Russian-design power units in India.
Russia believes that “the present government of India is able to fully implement the roadmap that calls for building up to 14-16 units at nuclear power plants using Russian designs. These include the Kudankulam NPP and one other site to be coordinated by the central and regional Indian authorities,” Rogozin, who is the co-chair of the Russian-Indian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Science, Technical and Cultural Cooperation, said.
Prime Minister Singh said that cooperation between Russia and India in the field of nuclear energy, specifically under the Kudankulam NPP project, was progressing.
He said that the development of the Indian nuclear programme is a key element of the bilateral partnership. The construction of unit No. 1 at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant has been completed and it will soon start generating electricity.
India is planning to build 19 nuclear power units with a combined capacity of 17,400 MWe by 2017. Eight of them will be built in cooperation with other countries. Russia will help to build units 3 and 4 at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. Each will have a capacity of 1,000 MWe.
The construction of Unit 2 is almost completed. Rosatom Head Kiriyenko said earlier that Unit No. 2 would be commissioned by the summer of 2013. “All the rest depends on when the Indian side makes the decision,” he added.
He also said that the coordination of commercial terms of building units 3 and 4 at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant had been completed. “We earlier signed an agreement on a loan to India to build Units 3 and 4. The technical parameters have also been approved,” he said.
The Kudankulam NPP will supply electricity not only to the state of Tamil Nadu, where it is located, but also the whole south of India.
MOSCOW, August 7, ITAR-TASS