Preparations are underway for operationalisation of the Unit-2 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu and stage is set for construction of two more reactors of 1000 mw capacity each, according to Russian company Rosatom which is building the atomic power plant.
Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom is in talks with India on transfer of other nuclear technologies in other fields while the second 1,000 MW atomic power unit at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu is expected to be commissioned soon, said a senior official.
India has said there is "steady progress" on Indo-Russia civil nuclear energy cooperation and the second unit of the Kudankulam project is "progressing satisfactorily" towards commissioning as the two countries aim to boost their strategic ties in spheres of space and energy.
Atomic power plant operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) is hoping to load the real fuel in the second 1,000 MW plant being set up at Kudankulam around June, said a senior official on Wednesday.
Nuclear energy cooperation between India and Russia got a major boost with both sides on Thursday inking a vision document for the construction of 12 Russia-built nuclear units in India over the next two decades as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin held summit talks here.
The first unit of the Russian built Kudankulam nuclear plant, which stopped operations late last month after a malfunction in the unit's turbine, is expected to resume power generation by the first week of December, the government said Wednesday.
Anti-nuclear activist S P Udhayakumar today said shutting down of the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project due to a problem had proved right his view that KNPP would not benefit Tamil Nadu.