Construction of 5th Nuclear Power Unit at Kudankulam begins
Russia on Tuesday began construction of the fifth atomic power unit at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu , a development hailed by Russian ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev as a “significant” milestone in bilateral nuclear cooperation.
Russian company Rosatom is providing the technology for the development of the Kudankulam plant which is to possess six units of 1,000 MWe generation capacity each. it’s India’s dawn water reactor.The ceremony, which happened via video link, was also attended by Rosatom director general Alexey Likhachev.
The first pouring of concrete was preceded by “continuous preliminary work: concrete bedding for foundations of the reactor building, auxiliary reactor building with the most room , turbine building and power supply building for normal operation, emergency power supply and safety control systems,” Rosatom said during a statement on Tuesday.
“For a few years the Kudankulam NPP (nuclear power plant) construction project has been a logo of close cooperation between Russia and India. However, we don’t want to prevent at what had already been achieved. Rosatom has all the foremost advanced atomic power technologies. along side our Indian colleagues we are able to launch the serial construction of the state-of-the-art Generation III+ Russian-designed atomic power units at a replacement site in India. it’s stipulated by the prevailing agreements,” Likhachev was quoted as saying.
Nikolay Kudashev said that the primary pour of concrete at the development site of the 5th reactor of Kudankulam NPP “is one among significant moments within the Russian-Indian atomic energy cooperation.”
“It demonstrates our firm devotion to realize success altogether bilateral undertakings,” he said. After signing the overall Framework Agreement (GFA) for the development of units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam NPP, India and Russia began talks for the constructions of two more units at an equivalent site. In June 2017, the 2 countries signed the GFA for units 5 and 6. Units 1 and a couple of are already operational.
“This project will strengthen the already robust order book even further and enable the corporate to diversify its order book which is in line with its strategy to possess an optimum mix between power and non-power segments. Once operational, the project will add quite Rs 400 crore annually to our top line. With the revenue coming in from the O&M business and this MOO projects, we expect to witness sustainable revenue with higher margins within the future for a extended period,” said Sajja Kishore Babu, Chairman and director , Power Mech Projects.