Coal, Nuclear, Reactors

Russia ships nuclear casing for Indian plant

19 November 2004 – Russia’s Nuclear Power Corporation (NPCL) Ltd this week formally delivered the casing (vessel) of the first of two nuclear reactors for the 2000 MW Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the southern state of India Tamil Nadu.

At a ceremony in port city of St Petersburg the outer casing of the VVER-1000 light water nuclear reactor was loaded on an India-bound ship, RosBalt news agency reported.

Under the $300m deal with India’s NPCL, United Machine-building Plants (UMZ), which is based at Izhora near St Petersburg, is to supply two reactors for the Kudankulam nuclear power station. The casing of second reactor is scheduled to be delivered in April next year.

In all UMZ is to supply 21 metric tons of equipment for Kudankulam by the end of 2006.

Meanwhile, a group of engineers and officials from Kudankulam have completed training in operation and maintenance of VVER-1000 nuclear reactors at a similar Russian power plant in Russia’s Tver region.