KNPP is the first pressurized water reactor that belongs to the light water reactor category in India. Source: Press Photo
The commercial operations of the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) will begin only by the end of the year, R S Sundar, the plant’s site director told the Business Standard. The 1000-MW unit would become fully operational in less than two months, Sundar told the paper.
The plant was producing 680 MW, at the moment, according to the report. “We have applied for approvals from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board to increase it to 90 percent and then to 100 percent,” Sundar told the paper, adding that power would be sold at Rs 3.50 a KW.
“The plant generated 1,136 million units. The unit was synchronised on October 22,”Sundar was cited by the paper as saying. With the unit going live, nuclear power production in India would increase to 5,780 MW, according to the report.
The Kudankulam units comprise of 1,000 MW reactors of the VVER-1000 model being constructed by the NPCIL and Russia’s Atomstroyexport company, a Rosatom subsidiary.
India signed a contract with the Soviet Union to build the Kudankulam plant in 1988, while the actual construction started only in 1997 due to due to the political and economic upheaval in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Although, the plant has faced foreign-backed protests in safety issues, leading Russian, India and international scientific experts have vouched for the safety of the project. The experts have maintained that superior technology and exceptionally high quality equipment used in the reactors at the project made them unique in the global nuclear industry. KNPP is the first pressurized water reactor that belongs to the light water reactor category in India.
India and Russia have finalized all the formalities for the third and fourth units at Kudankulam, which will come under India’s civil nuclear liability law for suppliers. The Indian Election Commission gave a green light for a deal to be signed and clarified that a signing during election season would not violate the model election code. A deal is expected to be signed soon.
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