New Delhi: The construction work of the 5th unit in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, built with the help of Russia in India, has started. The main phase of the new construction work began with the pouring of concrete at the foundation during an event at the nuclear plant complex in Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu.
With this, the important stage-3 of the project started. Russian Ambassador to India Nikpalai Kudashev, who attended the event virtually, said that the commencement of construction work for the new unit in Kudankulam is a significant progress between the two countries. This shows the overwhelming determination to achieve success in the bilateral efforts between Russia and Russia.
Speaking on the occasion, Alexey Likhachev, Director General of the Russian company Rosatum, which is partnering with India in nuclear power projects, said that over the years, the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant has been a symbol of close partnership between the two countries. But we don’t want to stop here. Rather, to establish a series of more advanced Russian nuclear reactors than the third generation with its Indian allies. This work can be done within the scope of the existing agreement.
It is important that in April 2014, the General Framework Agreement was signed between India and Russia for the construction of units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam project. Negotiation exercise was also started regarding the construction expansion of fellow units 5 and 6. In this episode, an agreement of consent was signed between the two countries in 2017. Preliminary work was done before pouring the concrete for the 5th unit at Kudankulam. Under this, concrete beds for the foundation of the reactor building, auxiliary reactor building with main control room, turbine building and power supply building for normal operation, emergency power supply and safety control system were constructed.
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