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    Indian coast guards ride on a boat near the Russian-built Kudankulam Atomic Power Project, background, during a protest at Kudankulam, about 700 kilometers (440 miles) south of Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India

    Rosatom Expects India to Designate New NPP Unit Construction Sites Soon

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    India will soon inform Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom of designated sites for construction of its two new Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) units, Rosatom's director general told Sputnik.

    ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — The construction of the Indian Kudankulam NPP was initially agreed by the Soviet Union and India in 1988, but the project was in limbo. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom launched a joint project to build the NPP in 2012. The first unit reached full capacity in July 2014.

    The second unit was connected to India's national power grid in August 2016 and and reached full capacity in January 2017.

    "We are determined to obtain this site from India by the end of the year and begin development works there," Alexey Likhachev said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) Friday.

    Likhachev said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a visit to Russia on Thursday, promised that "in the near future, India will tell us on what new site the series of new NPP blocks of Russian design of six, maybe eight blocks."

    SPIEF kicked off in Russia's second largest city of St. Petersburg earlier in the day and will continue until Saturday. The international event gathered representatives of dozens of countries several world leaders. Sputnik News Agency is an official media partner of the forum.

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