Web Exclusive | July 2017
Construction of Kudankulam NPP 2nd stage has commenced
Commencement of construction work at the NPP second stage site commenced with the ceremony of pouring concrete into the foundation slab of the reactor compartment, which was held on June 29, 2017. Joint work in the field of peaceful use of atomic energy is one of the key areas of the Russian-Indian cooperation. Joint document ‘Strategic vision of strengthening Russian-Indian cooperation in peaceful use of atomic energy’, foresees the construction of at least 12 power units in India under Russian design before 2020.
Valery Limarenko, President of JSC ASE EC pointed out, “We intend to continue sharing our best practices with India in this important industry, facilitating the energy security of this friendly country. The construction of Kudankulam NPP with our assistance is a flagship project. At the end of 2016 – beginning of 2017 our company performed the final hand-over of the first power unit and the provisional hand-over of the second power unit to the customer; those events were commemorated by a festive ceremony of dedication of those power units to the people of India. Today we commence the construction of the third and the fourth power units.”
According to the tradition, the pouring of first concrete into the foundation slab of NPP main buildings is one of the important milestones of an NPP construction. Earlier this year, on June 19, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) granted a permit to NPCIL for pouring of first concrete for Kudankulam NPP power units 3 and 4.