During Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Delhi, Russia and India will sign a document permitting Russian specialists to build at least 12 new power generating units in India over the next 20 years.
"After the leaders of Russia and India complete their negotiations, we will sign "The strategic vision of cooperation in the civilian use of atomic energy" - a roadmap to regulate the further construction of power-generating units in India by Russian specialists and using Russian technologies," the head of Russia's state nuclear power corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, told reporters.
"It envisages [the construction] of least 12 units, which should be put into operation within the next 20 years," he said.
"It is a very packed schedule," Kiriyenko said.
Apart from the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, these power-generating units will be built at new sites, he said.
"The first unit at a new site may begin operating in about seven years. It means that afterwards we will have to put one unit into operation every year," Kiriyenko said.
Kiriyenko also said he did not rule out that the number of power-generating units of the Kudankulam facility could also be increased.
"Our Indian partners believe that Kudankulam should have six units, and it will become clear soon whether or not we will be able to place eight units there," he said.
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