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Interview With Evgeni Griva

Rosatom Expanding $190 Billion Foreign Order For 5 Years

Mr. Evgeni Griva, Director General of Rosatom, South Asia in his recent interview

with some Indian media talked about present status and future plan of Russia-India cooperation

in the field of nuclear energy as well as Rosatom’s expanding global development strategy.

Rosatom has been entrusted with the setting up of Bangladesh’s first ever nuclear power plant

at Rooppur.

Q: Recently Rosatom has been actively building up its network of regional offices. How many

offices does Rosatom now have abroad, what are the network development plans? Do you plan

to establish a representative office in India?

Ans: Rosatom is now actively expanding its global footprint. The State Corporation is opening

its regional offices. Rosatom is expanding its branch network to strengthen its global footprint in

accordance with its long-term development strategy of increasing the foreign orders portfolio up

to USD 190 billion. This is the ambitious but achievable goal of the State Corporation for the

next 5 years.

Rusatom-International Network Company is in charge of developing and managing Rosatom’s

regional network. The regional offices aim to promote products and services offered by

Rosatom and explore new businesses. Regional centers are usually located in the countries of

strategic interest to Rosatom and are responsible for information collection, situation monitoring

and analysis of potential opportunities.

Rosatom regional centers are currently already in operation in South Africa, Eastern, Central

and Western Europe, Central and Southeast Asia and Latin America. Work is now underway to

establish an office in Dubai in order to promote products and services of Russian nuclear

industry enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, in order to strengthen the

presence of Rosatom State Corporation in South Asia, the process of opening a regional office

in Mumbai, India, is being finalized, which will also ensure supervision of our projects in

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Q: What is the current status of the Kudankulam nuclear plant construction project? When do

you intend to launch power unit 2, and is there any progress with the construction of power units

3 and 4?

Ans: Currently, the NPP Kudankulam project includes the construction of six power units with

VVER-1000 type reactors. The first unit of Kudankulam NPP was commissioned in autumn

2013 according to the latest safety requirements. By the beginning of the scheduled preventive

maintenance (SPM) the nuclear plant had already generated 6873 million units of electricity,

and the turbine generator had been in operation for 9267 hours. Thus, the installed capacity of

the Indian nuclear power plants reached 5780 MW. This is the world’s first nuclear power plant,

which has implemented and successfully operated “post-Fukushima” tightened security

measures. The generation tariff for Kudankulam NPP is maintained at the level set by the Indian

Government in 2010-2011 without any escalation. This rate is considered to be one of the most

competitive in India. The first SPM has now successfully completed, the turbine is running, and

the unit is expected to be connected to the grid within a few hours.

The second unit assembly is finished. The hot run stage is completed. The physical launch is

scheduled by the Indian party for mid-2016.

On April 10, 2014 a General Framework Agreement (GFA) was signed along with the agreed

technical and commercial proposal for procurement and services of Kudankulam NPP units 3

and 4. The first and most important contract within this GFA has been signed within the

Russian-Indian Summit late last – the delivery contract from the Russian Federation of long-lead

equipment and priority delivery equipment. Besides the first priority design work contract is

practically completed, and the engineering documentation development contract has been


On September 7, 2015 Atomenergomash holding, the power plant division of Rosatom State

Corporation signed the comprehensive delivery contract for reactor equipment for power units 3

and 4 of Kudankulam NPP.

The permit for excavation works and foundation pit preparation has now been obtained from the

Indian regulatory body.

Q: During the recent visit of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Russia it was

announced that the signing of the MFA for the construction of units 5 and 6 is planned in Q1

2016. What is the status of this project?

Ans: The technical and commercial proposal for the installation of Kudankulam power units 5

and 6 has already been provided to the Indian party. Atomstroyexport JSC and Nuclear Power

Corporation of India Ltdare currently involved in detailed discussions of the project and the

General Framework Agreement with regard to the Indian party requirements concerning further

enhancement of the project safety and localization.

Q: Based on the results of talks between Russian President Putin and Indian Prime Minister

Modi it was announced that an agreement has been reached on allocation by the Indian party of

one more site for a Russian design nuclear power plant apart from Kudankulam NPP which is

already under construction. What is the progress in this area?

Ans: Apart from the Kudankulam NPP, Russia and India are considering the possibility of

building a number of other nuclear power plants. These are all practical steps to implement the

most important document signed on December 11, 2014 – “Strategic Vision of Strengthening

Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy between the Russian Federation and the

Republic of India”.

An agreement has been reached on the allocation by the Indian party of one more site for the

construction of six new nuclear reactors of Russian design. We hope to get more detailed

information about the site from the Indian party as soon as possible.

Q: During the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Moscow Rosatom signed

the production localization program in India for Russian design nuclear plants. What does this

program envisage?

Ans: On December 24, 2015 during the visit of the Prime Minister of India NarendraModi to

Moscow an Action Program was indeed signed between the State Corporation Rosatom and the

Atomic Energy Department of the Government of India on the localization of production in India

for nuclear power plants of Russian design.

The Action Program includes areas of cooperation in the field of joint machinery production,

especially the production of equipment which can be supplied to nuclear power plants, as well

as cooperation in the field of joint development, mastering and technological support of the

implementation of end-to-end production technologies of products for heavy and power

engineering industries.

The Indian Government strategy of the localization of production, including the nuclear industry,

is implemented under the “Make in India” initiative aimed at supporting the Indian manufacturer.

We fully support this commitment of the Indian Government and we believe that this is a good

opportunity for further development of cooperation between both countries in the nuclear

industry, as well as for the implementation of current and future construction projects of Russian

design reactors at the Kudankulam site and in other locations.

Q: Which task forces in the nuclear energy area are currently active within Russian-Indian

cooperation and what are they doing? Are there discussions about cooperation between Russia

and India on the territories of third countries on the agenda?

Ans: The Russian-Indian Coordinating Committee on cooperation in the peaceful uses of

nuclear energy was established in December 2014 and is committed to monitoring the whole

scope of bilateral cooperation.

To perform the tasks, three joint working groups on the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear energy and

scientific-technical cooperation were set up within this Committee in 2014. Furthermore, based

on the decision signed in December 2015, a fourth working group on the localization of

production in India has already been established and is operating successfully.

We are pleased to note that the Russian nuclear power industry is supporting India in the

implementation of its national program for the development of the nuclear sector. We reaffirm

our commitment to the agreements about the further development of cooperation in the peaceful

uses of atomic energy.

source: rosatom

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