Modi, Putin, Jaya to dedicate Kudankulam plant

Modi, Putin, Jaya to dedicate Kudankulam plant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin will dedicate Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP’s) first unit to the country on Wednesday. Both leaders, along with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will take part via video conference in the ceremony.

In a first of its kind event, there will be live feed from Kudankulam site, Chennai (where Jayalalithaa will attend), New Delhi (Modi) and Moscow (Putin) at 3.30 pm tomorrow.

Jayalalithaa will be accompanied at the state secretariat in the city by chief secretary to Tamil Nadu government P Rama Mohana Rao, additional chief secretary, energy department, Rajeev Ranjan and chairman and managing director of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company M Saikumar.

India and Russia are cooperating in the nuclear energy sphere for many years. The first unit of the Indian nuclear power plant is already in service.

It was connected to the southern grid and the operation of the first 1,000 Mw unit at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) has started from 00 00 hours on December 31, 2014 generating 1,000 Mw.

India’s regulator is currently expected to authorise start of the second power unit at KNPP.

India’s atomic power plant operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) is setting up two 1,000 Mw Russian reactors at Kudankulam village.