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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Russian team visits Kudankulam nuclear project site

A high-level delegation led by S V Kirienko Director General of State Atomic Energy Corporation Russian Federation, visited the site where two Russian 1000 MW nuclear reactors are under construction in Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.

According to official sources, the team, which visited the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project(KNPP) site on Thursday, also inspected the site where four additional nuclear power reactors would be built.

Later, Mr Kirienko held talks with MR S K Jain Chairman and Managing Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) Ltd. Mr Kirienko appreciated the efforts put in by the Russian and Indian specialists as a joint team to complete the project.

According to the sources, construction and other works of UNIT-I of the KKNPP are at advanced stage, and the first reactor would reach criticality by April next. The enriched uranium fuel bundles, in ready-to-load condition and loading machine had reach ed Kundankulam.

The NPCIL had completed most of the work on building the first reactor. Recently two 220 kV gas insulated switchgear for the plant was charged, and would provide required power supply for commissioning the works, the sources said.

KNPP Project Director K C Purohit, Project Director, (KNPP 3 and four), K S Rao, and 17 Russian nuclear engineers also visited the two first two reactors around the plant, the sources added.

(Source: The Hindu Business Line)

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