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Koodankulam N-power complex to have eight 1,000 MW reactors

Koodankulam-N-power-complexNuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) Chairman and Managing Director S K Jain has said that the Koodankulam power plant would have eight 1,000 MW reactors. He was speaking at the conclusion of the 22nd joint coordination committee meeting with a visiting Russian delegation of nuclear experts at Tirunelveli in the southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu recently.

Jain said, “though I cannot say anything now, I think the number of reactors at Koodankulam will touch eight, though inter-governmental agreement between India and Russia was only for six reactors.”

He said, “the inter-governmental agreement which was signed between Russia and India envisage setting up of six units, means four additional… in Koodankulam nuclear power plant. There is also a provision for one more site, it may be identified for setting up an additional reactor with Russian cooperation.”

He also noted that 95 percent of work on Koodankulam nuclear power reactor has been completed and the rest of the project would be completed before December this year.

The Jaitapur unit in Maharashtra would have six French nuclear reactors with 1,650 mw capacity each, and Areva, a French nuclear power company, would be the supplier, he added.

With the signing of a MoU, it was now possible for NPCIL to have technical co-operation with Areva built European pressurised reactors (EPR) at the Jaitapur site, including life time fuel supply for these units.

Areva and NPCIL agreed to work together for the development of peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Describing India as one of the fastest developing economies in the world, Jain recognised the need for eight lakh mega watts of power by the end of 2032.

The Jaitapur unit in Maharashtra is likely to have six French nuclear reactors with 1,650-mega watts capacity each, and Areva, a French nuclear power company, would be the supplier, Jain added.