Koodankulam atomic plant safe: Nuke scientist
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 23:50
  
Chennai: Amid demands for scrapping the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project, a top atomic scientist on Saturday vouched for its safety, saying all types of exigencies including a Fukushima-type mishap have been factored in.

GR Srinivasa, a former Vice Chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), also batted for nuclear power as an alternative green source of energy that augured well for the country's future energy needs,

Noting that the very design of the power plant was drawn incorporating various requirements, Srinivasan said it was also equipped with some of the most advanced technical and safety features.

"There will be a requirement of almost none or minimum security measures in case of a Fukushima-like incident. The generation station design too is a collaboration of major requirements," he said at a meeting here organised by Chemical Industries Association.

Further, different independent equipment with individual power supply to monitor various aspects were also in place and even if one of them detected any problem, it will be immediately communicated, he said.

Citing safety concerns, the local villagers and fishermen in and around Koodankulam have been demanding scrapping of the Indo-Russian collaboration project, set to begin commercial production in December with the commissioning of the first of the 2x1000 MWe reactors.

Srinivasan, who is also a former Director, Projects, Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), said the plant had features such as better seismic and tsunami resistance and could withstand a Fukushima-like accident and others.

Further, higher life and operatability at 90 per cent of the capacity were its other features, he said.

Observing that nuclear energy remains the "safest energy source," he said world over, countries such as China and Iran besides India were "going full swing" with the construction of atomic reactors.

With India possessing 25 per cent of the world's thorium deposits, it would help the country generate lakhs of megawatts of power in the next several decades, he said.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 23:50


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