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Russia begins work for 6th nuclear reactor at Kudankulam

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Russia, after the annual Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin on December 6, has started work on building the sixth reactor at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu.

Russian nuclear engineering company Atommash has started manufacturing the nuclear reactor and steam generators for Unit No.6 at KNPP, officials told ET. Russian company Rosatom is providing the technology for the construction of the Kudankulam plant which is to have six units of 1,000 MWe capacity each.

India and Russia, during the Summit, also decided for a third country partnership, riding on the success of their involvement in Bangladesh’s sole nuclear power plant.

Following the contract for the fifth and the sixth power units of the KNPP, Russia will manufacture and supply two nuclear reactors with internals and an upper block, two sets of steam generators, reactor coolant pump set bodies, main circulation piping, emergency core cooling system tanks, passive core flooding system tanks and two pressurizers, officials explained.

Last June, Russia began the construction of the fifth nuclear power unit at Kudankulam. “For many years, the Kudankulam NPP (nuclear power plant) construction project has been a symbol of close cooperation between Russia and India. However, we do not want to stop at what has already been achieved. Rosatom has all the most advanced nuclear power technologies. Together with our Indian colleagues, we are ready to launch the serial construction of the state-of-the-art Generation III+ Russian-designed nuclear power units at a new site in India. It is stipulated by the existing agreements,” Rosatom director general Alexey Likhachev had said on that occasion.

After signing the General Framework Agreement (GFA) for the construction of units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam NPP, India and Russia began talks for the constructions of two more units at the same site. In June 2017, the two countries signed the GFA for units 5 and 6. Units 1 and 2 are already operational. KNPP is the largest nuclear power station in India.

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