New Delhi: The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin along with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurated the first ever Russian designed nuclear power plant in Kudankulam, Kerala on Wednesday, 10 August.
The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) is the result of a joint agreement that took place between India and the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1988.
Here are a few facts about the Russian designed Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP):
• The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is India's largest Nuclear Power Plant which has been jointly constructed by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and a subsidiary of Russia's nuclear regulatory body Rosatom.
• Both the units of the Russian technology Kudankulam plant were 10 years behind schedule and costed a whopping amount of over Rs. 22,000 crore.
• The first unit started generating electricity in 2013 and it produces around 1,000 MW of power, half of which feeds Tamil Nadu.
• In July 2013, power generation initially started at 300 MW, which gradually was increased to 500 MW.
• The local anti-nuclear activists call the facility unsafe but plant engineers suggest it is one of the safest in the world.
• The construction of Unit 3 and 4 was started in April 2016. The cost of units 3 and 4 is twice the cost of units 1 and 2 somewhere around at Rs39,747 crore.
• The second unit of the Kudankulam plant is also expected to generate 1,000 MW.
• Four more similar atomic reactors are expected to come up at Kudankulam in future.
• The atomic reactor will provide electricity to the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka as well as to the Union Territory of Puducherry.