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Tests continue at Kudankulam nuclear plant after second connection to grid

October 30, 2013, 11:16 UTC+3 NEW DELHI
India plans to build by 2017 a total of 19 nuclear power units with the total capacity of 17.4 thousand megawatts
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Russian-built Kudankulam Atomic Power Project at Kudankulam

Russian-built Kudankulam Atomic Power Project at Kudankulam

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NEW DELHI, October 30, 10:19 /ITAR-TASS/. Planned tests continue on the first power unit of the main subject of Russian-Indian nuclear energy cooperation - the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, after the NPP’s connection to the power grid, a source close to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India told Itar-Tass.

“After the successful series of required tests, during the second synchronisation there was a planned shutdown of the turbine to check the equipment,” he said. “The unit’s reactor capacity is kept at five percent (about 160 MW).”

According to him, “after the required checks are completed, the turbine will be started-up again, and the generator will be connected to the grid.” “All the works on putting the unit into operation are carried out under the strict supervision of the Indian regulatory authority in this sphere (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board),” he added.

India plans to build by 2017 a total of 19 nuclear power units with the total capacity of 17.4 thousand megawatts, eight of which will be built with the participation of other countries. In particular, it plans to build with Russia’s technical assistance the third and fourth power units at the Kudankulam NPP with the capacity of 1,000 megawatts each. The start-up of the first unit of the Kudankulam NPP is to be carried out in the near future, the construction of the second power unit is almost completed. The plant will supply electricity not only to the Tamil Nadu state, but also to the entire south India.

In 2010, Russia and India signed a roadmap, which envisages serial construction in India of 14-16 NPP power units under Russian projects.

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