Kudankulam to begin power production this month

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 03, 2013 22:24 hrs

New Delhi: Power production by the first unit of the Kudankulam atomic plant will start this month, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy said Wednesday.

He said that the second unit would start production by October.

Narayanasamy told reporters here that Indian and Russian scientists had checked the parameters of the plant and the system was working well.

"All parameters are working well. Power production will start this month," he said.

He said the Kudankulam plant figured during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the margins of the BRICS Summit in Durban, South Africa.

The minister said India told Russia that the power production in the first unit would start in April.

The first unit has a capacity of 1,000 MW. It is being implemented in the southern Tamil Nadu town of Kudankulam near Tirunelveli, by the state-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India and the Russian nuclear energy company Atomstroyexport.

He said India and Russia had signed agreement on the construction of third and fourth units of the atomic power plant.

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