Kudankulam plant "very well protected": AERB

India`s nuclear regulator on Friday said the Kudankulam nuclear plant was "very well protected" but it had recommended additional safety features, including one to tackle instances of a prolonged loss of power.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2011, 20:16 PM IST

New Delhi: India`s nuclear regulator on Friday said the Kudankulam nuclear plant was "very well protected"
but it had recommended additional safety features, including
one to tackle instances of a prolonged loss of power.

"The Kudankulam nuclear power plant is very well
protected from a possible tsunami. It is very safe," S S
Bajaj, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)
said.

He said the AERB had undertaken a thorough review of
safety measures at Kudankulam as part of its assessment of
nuclear plants across the country in the wake of the Fukushima
nuclear disaster.

"We have made some additional recommendations with regard
to storage of water for emergency cooling and to handle
situations of prolonged loss of power," Bajaj said.

However, he said, these recommendations were part of a
safety review carried out after the Fukushima nuclear
disaster.

The AERB had found that Kudankulam nuclear plant
incorporates engineering safety features for catering to
beyond design basis accidents.

These measures are passive heat removal system,
additional system for core passive flooding, annulus passive
filtering systems and system for retaining and cooling of
molten core.

NPCIL officials said they have accepted the
recommendations made by the regulator.

PTI