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    India Connects First Unit of Kudankulam NPP to National Electric Grid

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    The first unit of India’s Russian-designed Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) was connected to the country's electric grid after a recent relaunch, a source in India's nuclear sector said Saturday.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — On January 21, the first unit of the NPP was relaunched after maintenance, which had been performed after a year of successful operations starting late 2014.

    "Today, at 7.12 a.m. (1.42 GMT) the first unit of Kudankulam nuclear power plant was connected to the electric grid," the source told RIA Novosti.

    The construction of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant was initially agreed by the Soviet Union and India in 1988, but the project was in limbo until the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom relaunched the much-delayed joint project in 2012.

    Kudankulam's first unit reached full capacity in July 2014, and is currently India’s most powerful reactor with a maximum operating capacity of 1,000 megawatt.

    The second unit is nearing completion and is expected to be launched this year. The construction of the third and the fourth units is planned for 2016.


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