Paper 4-GS-III, Topic: Science and Technology developments

India, Russia seal deal on Kudankulam Unit 1

About the deal:

  • India has taken over full operational control of Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP).
  • On Wednesday 5th April 2017, India signed a joint statement with Russia on the final takeover of the unit, formally marking the full transition.
  • The agreement was signed between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. and the ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia.
  • The warranty period run showed reliable and safe operation of Unit 1. Thus, the Indian side confirms that ASE Group of Companies has fulfilled all its tasks in full and accurately.
  • The commercial operation and the warranty period of Unit 1 started in December 2014. The warranty is typically for one year, which ended in December 2015.
  • The final takeover agreement was delayed to ensure the reliability of the plant and equipment as this is the first of a series of six reactors.

Technical information about plant:

  • Unit 1 had encountered technical issues and was shut down briefly after it commenced power generation.
  • On March 30, 2017, the joint protocol on provisional acceptance of Unit 2 of the plant was signed, which marked the start of its commercial operation.