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Kudankulam plant can withstand Fukushima-like disaster

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The two units of India’s Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP), which is being implemented with strong safety enhancement requirement, can withstand an energy accident like the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011 in Japan, a Russian nuclear industry official has said.
Vladimir Angelov, director of projects for the ASE group of companies in India, said, “We analysed the basic technical design of Units 1 and 2 in terms of the lessons from Fukushima. We came to the conclusion that they would have withstood a Fukushima-like incident.”
In addition to the successful implementation of two units, the Rosatom state nuclear corporation, the Indo-Russia nuclear cooperation, will construct six units of VVER-1000 light-water reactors at Kudankulam.
For Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), the two units of Kudankulam project are expected to contribute handsomely to its top line and bottom line.
The first unit experienced several hiccups since starting commercial production in December 2014 but seems to have stabilised now, generating about 940 MW daily on an average, a report in IANS in early July had said.
The first unit supplies power to Tamil Nadu (562.5 MW), Puducherry (33.5 MW), Kerala (133 MW), Karnataka (221 MW) and Andhra Pradesh (50 MW). The total outlay on the two units of Kudankulam project has been over Rs 17,000 crore.
Once the second unit at Kudankulam starts power generation to its full capacity, the total atomic power capacity in Tamil Nadu would go up to 2,440 MW.
Already, the NPCIL has two 220 MW units at Kalkpakkam near here under its Madras Atomic Power Station.

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