MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) — Russia and India have discussed nuclear cooperation and the construction of third and fourth units at Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP), Russia’s nuclear giant Rosatom stated Friday.
The talks were held in Mumbai on Thursday and involved Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolai Spassky, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India Ratan Kumar Sinha and other representatives of the Indian nuclear industry.
Russian and Indian representatives focused on the commissioning of the first two units of Kudankulam NPP and the construction of the second stage (the third and fourth units) of the plant, Rosatim said in a press release.
India signed a contract with the Soviet Union in 1988 for the construction of two nuclear reactors. The agreement is now implemented by NIAEP (Atomstroyexport), a subsidiary of Russia’s Rosatom.
The plant’s first two units use VVER-1000 reactors and have an electric capacity of 1,000 megawatts. The first unit at Kudankulam reached capacity last July and was connected to the country’s power grid in October. The nuclear fission in the second unit has been postponed until March 2015.
In May, both sides signed a general framework agreement for the construction of a third and fourth unit at the nuclear power plant.