Pouring of First Concrete into the foundation slab of the reactor compartment of unit 3 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamilnadu of India was held on June 29, 2017, marking the beginning of construction of the second phase of the project. At the second phase unit 3 and 4 will be constructed. General Contractor (for detailed design, equipment supply and technical assistance) is Atomstroyexport (ASE) and General Designer is Atomenergoproekt, sister concerns of Russia’s nuclear energy corporation Rosatom.
Under the “Strategic vision of strengthening Russian-Indian cooperation in peaceful use of atomic energy” at least 12 nuclear power units are planned to be constructed in India under Russian design by 2020.
“We intend to continue sharing our best practices with India in this important industry, facilitating the energy security of this friendly country”, pointed out Valery Limarenko, President of ASE EC. “The construction of Kudankulam NPP with our assistance is a flagship project. At the end of 2016 – beginning of 2017 our company performed the final hand-over of the first power unit and the provisional hand-over of the second power unit to the customer”, informed Limarenko.
Pouring of first concrete into the foundation slab of NPP main buildings is one of the important milestones in an NPP construction. “The pouring of first concrete – marks the starting points of the NPP power unit’s construction. It marks the commencement of full-scale construction, thermal and electrical erection works at the NPP site and the installation of Russian equipment at the NPP”, said Andrey Lebedev, vice-president of for projects in South Asia.
Earlier, on 19 June 2017, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) granted a permission to Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) for pouring of first concrete for Kudankulam NPP power units 3 and 4.
On 1 June 2017, in Saint-Petersburg, in the course of the 18th Annual Russian-Indian Summit, ASE Group of Companies and Nuclear Power Corporation of India signed General Framework Agreement for the construction of third phase of Kudankulam NPP. Two more units (unit 5 and 6) to be built at the third phase. An intergovernmental credit protocol was also signed under which Russia will extended a credit for the delivery of equipment and documentation for the construction of the NPP third stage.
Kudankulam nuclear power project is being built with the Russian VVER-1000 reactor technology, which is compliant with all the safety requirements, set by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).