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Launch of 1st reactor at Russian-designed plant in India delayed

© www.atomstroyexport.ruThe launch of the first reactor of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, being built on a Russian design in India, has been postponed from December 2009 to 2010
The launch of the first reactor of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, being built on a Russian design in India, has been postponed from December 2009 to 2010 - Sputnik International
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The launch of the first reactor of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, being built on a Russian design in India, has been postponed from December 2009 to 2010

NEW DELHI, August 21 (RIA Novosti) - The launch of the first reactor of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, being built on a Russian design in India, has been postponed from December 2009 to 2010, a senior Indian nuclear official said on Friday.

Dr. S. K. Jain, who heads India's Nuclear Power Corporation (NPCIL), told RIA Novosti that the delay was due to the need to make amendments to the project, along with a lack of equipment supplies from Russia.

He said Russia had yet to supply 600 metric tons of pipelines, as well as various fixtures, with some equipment expected to arrive in November and some not until the first quarter of 2010.

Jain said inserting the fuel as early as December will be impossible, and expressed doubt that the first reactor can be ready in the first quarter of next year. However, he said his company will try to give an exact date next month.

The power plant is being built under a Russian design, using Russian technology and expertise, with Indian companies engaged in the construction and mounting work.

Under a December 2008 agreement with New Delhi, Russia is to build an additional four reactors for the plant, where it is finishing two reactors under an earlier contract, and start construction of new nuclear plants.

 

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