KKNPP Unit 5 & 6 construction begins

The construction of fifth and sixthunits of the 1000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP)began with the first pour of concrete on Tuesday in thesouthern Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.

The first pour of concrete is an important milestone in anuclear power project that is reckoned as the start dateof the project. The event was launched by Mr Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of AtomicEnergy (DAE), in the presence of Dr Alexey Likhachev, DirectorGeneral of ROSATOM and Mr Satish Kumar Sharma, Chairman andManaging Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited(NPCIL) through video conferencing.

Senior DAE and NPCIL officials and those from Larsen and Toubrowere present on the occasion. Dr Likachev said for many years the KKNPP construction projecthas been a symbol of close cooperation between Russia and India.

"However, we do not want to stop at what had already been achieved.Rosatom has all the most advanced nuclear power technologies. Togetherwith our Indian colleagues we are ready to launch the serial constructionof the state-of-the-art Generation III+ Russian-designed nuclear powerunits at a new site in India.

It is stipulated by the existingagreements,” he said. The KKNPP comprised six units of Light Water Reactors (VVERs)each of 1000 MW, set up in technical cooperation with theRussian Federation.