Work on units 3, 4 at Kudankulam to begin this year: Govt

 Work on units 3 and 4 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) will start this year as administrative approval and financial sanction has been accorded to the project, the government on Thursday said.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 06, 2015, 17:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Work on units 3 and 4 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) will start this year as administrative approval and financial sanction has been accorded to the project, the government on Thursday said.

"Kudankulam expansion project, namely KKNPP units 3 and 4, built with technical cooperation with Russia, is accorded administrative approval and financial sanction by the government.

"The project is being readied for launch in the current year," Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the PMO that looks after the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), said in a written response to a question in Rajya Sabha.

In response to another question, Singh also said that the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) unit 1 that has been granted license for regular operation was recently granted license for commercial operations for a period of five years, until July 2020.

The KKNPP projects are being built with Russian help with a capacity of 1,000 MW of each unit. Unit 1 has already been commissioned for commercial operation while the second unit is waiting to be commissioned.