Kudankulam unit-1 to be commissioned in 2 weeks

Kudanlulam nuclear plant

The much-delayed Kudankulam nuclear project is set to be commissioned within the next two weeks as nuclear scientists have entered the final lap of a series of tests on its safety and efficacy.

"Within this month 100 per cent. It will take about two weeks," Ratan Kumar Sinha, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission said here on the sidelines of the 100th Indian Science Congress when asked about the commissioning of the first 1,000 MW unit of the project.

Sinha said all possible care was being taken to see that all the processes are followed precisely.

"They (engineers at Kudankulam) have done the hot pressurisation based on certain observations. They want to be very sure that all the processes are perfect," Sinha said.

India is building two 1,000 MW nuclear power plants at Kudankulam with Russian collaboration.

Talks are on with Russia for building more reactors at the site which can accommodate six units.

Last month, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) had granted permission for the 'second heat up', under which all systems of the entire nuclear power plant will be put to test to demonstrate its operability and safety.

Under the second heat up, various systems of the nuclear reactor are being put through performance tests.

Following these tests, AERB would evaluate the reports of the tests and then give the go-ahead to first approach to criticality, AERB Chairman S S Bajaj had said.

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