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A new protocol to the intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant was signed during a two-day visit by Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev to the Indian plant.

Date: Friday, 09 February 2024
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The reactor vessel for Kudankulam unit 4 has been lifted into its design position at the construction site in Tamil Nadu, Rosatom announced.

Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2024
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The reactor vessel has been installed at unit 7 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province. Russia is constructing two VVER-1200 reactors as units 7 and 8 of the plant.

Date: Thursday, 19 October 2023
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The Kudankulam-3 nuclear power unit is located in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu. Image courtesy Rosatom. The reactor pressure vessel has been installed at the Kudankulam-3 nuclear power plant under construction in Tamil Nadu, southern India, Atomstroyexport, the engineering division of Russia’s state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

The RPV, which weighs about 330 tonnes, is one of the largest reactor components, a vessel containing the nuclear reactor coolant, core shroud, and the reactor core and fuel.

Construction of the Generation III Kudankulam-3, a Russia-procured VVER- V-412, 917-MW pressurised water reactor, began in June 2017.

Date: Saturday, 07 May 2022
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Unit 2 at India’s Kudankulam NPP in Tamil Nadu began commercial operation on 31 March, taking India's total nuclear power production capacity to 6,780MWe. The 1,000MWe achieved criticality in July 2016, was connected to the power grid in August, and reached full generation capacity in late January. The unit now begins a one-year period under the warranty of its general designer and the equipment supplier Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. The first two units (both AES-92 VVER-1000 reactors) were built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL), and are operated under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards. They are supervised by Russian specialists. Russia is expected to supply enriched uranium fuel for the plant’s entire lifetime. Construction work for units 3 and 4 at Kudankulam began last October and they are expected to begin supplying power by 2022-2023. Agreement has also been reached for the construction of units 5 and 6. The construction of the Kudankulam NPP was initially agreed by the Soviet Union and India back in 1988, but the project was in frozen for some time. NPCIL and Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom relaunched a much-delayed joint project to build the Kudankulam NPP in 2012.

Date: Monday, 03 April 2017
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Rusatom Automated Control Systems (Rasu), a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, will be the main designer and supplier of the instrumentation and control systems (I&C) package for units 3 and 4 of India’s Kudankulam NPP, Rosatom said on 16 December. In November 2016, general contractor Atomstroyexport (part of Rosatom) signed a contract with Rasu to deliver the I&C equipment, a statement said. In April 2014, Russia and India signed a general framework agreement for the construction of Kudankulam 3 and 4, the second phase of the Kudankulam NPP in Tamil Nadu state.  In November 2016, Rosatom said its subsidiary, Atomenergomash, began production of major components for the project.

Date: Thursday, 22 December 2016
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