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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Uranium fuel for Kudankulam power plant arrives

The first consignment of Uranium fuel for unit-1 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), arrived here on May 25.

KKNPP comprising two units of 1000 MW each are at an advanced stage of completion in technical collaboration with the Russian Federation. The two units belong to the advance design of VVER family, a pressurised water reactor that constitutes majority of power reactors in the world, the officials of Nuclear Power Corporation of India said.

These reactors use light enriched uranium (LEU) as fuel. This kind of fuel is in use in VVER 1000 MW units in several countries around the world since 1980s and has given excellent performance. The lifetime fuel supply for Kudankulam reactors is covered through a sovereign guarantee of Russian Federation.

The KKNPP is under construction at Kudankulam in Radhapuram taluk of Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project is being set up through a bilateral agreement between the former USSR and the Republic of India. The construction activities are being carried out round the clock for an early completion of the project.

A physical progress of about 86 per cent has already been achieved. All major components have already been erected at the site. Concurrently, the pre-commissioning activities too have commenced. Indian engineers and scientist have been trained and qualified for commissioning, operation and maintenance activities of the reactor.

(Source: Sify News, India)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks to me like Russia and India are going to work together to build India's nuclear grid. After Canada backed out idiotically, and the US was too slow in acting.

--aa2

Alexandra Prokopenko said...

Russians are smart enough and quick enough to see where huge perspective markets are. In 2050, India is estimated to be the most populated country of the world, and it's quickly developing. The one who comes there first, will drink champagne :)))

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Dins said...

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