MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti) – The second unit of India’s Kudankulam power plant jointly constructed with Russia is scheduled to be launched in November, the website of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) informs.
According to the report published September 7, the second unit will be brought to its critical state at the minimum controlled power level in November. This level of power is sufficient for controlling a nuclear chain reaction – the most crucial step in the unit’s preparation for use.
The Kudankulam power plant is being constructed in technical cooperation with Russia in accordance with an inter-governmental agreement made in 1988. The project has been ordered, and the plant coordinated, by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India. The agreement to construct the first and second units using VVER-1000 reactors with an electric capacity of 1,000 megawatts each is implemented by the NECAEP (Atomstroexport) from the Russian side and the NPCIL from the Indian side.
The construction of the Kudankulampower plant is based on Project NPP-92, which fully meets the current safety requirements of the Russian Federation and the IAEA. The construction has also been certified as complying with European Utility Requirements (EUR) applicable to nuclear power plants built after 2000. A principal feature of the project is the implementation of a number of technical decisions in addition to conventional safety systems.