The first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was tusday synchronised with the southern power grid, marking a major milestone in power generation by the ambitious India-Russia nuclear collaboration in Tamil Nadu.
“The synchronisation of Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was done at 2.45 am ( IST). It is generating 75 MWe,” KNPP Site Director R S Sundar said.
India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board in August has given its permission to increase the power generation by 50 per cent up to 500 MW.
Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation – Rosatom has constructed two 1,000 MW units at KNPP jointly with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) at Kudankulam in Tiruneveli district of Tamil Nadu , some 650 km from the state capital Chennai (former Madras)
The first of the two units attained critical state in July, the second unit of Kudankulam is also almost ready for operations. Today Kudankulam NPP is the world’s most modern and safe nuclear power plant built with additional safety measures to exclude situations like in the Japan’s tsunami-hit Fukushima-1 NPP.
The synchronisation of Kudankulam coincided with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s two-day visit to Russia. During their meeting in the Kremlin on October 21, 2013 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to resolve all outstanding issues related to the construction of two more units of the Kudankulam project.