Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Supreme Court extends deadline to set up waste tank

Representatives of the operator of Indian nuclear power plants (NPPs), the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), earlier this month, inspected the production facilities of JSC VNIIEM Corporation, a subsidiary of the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom, who are the equipment suppliers and technical consultants for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) located in India’s Tamil Nadu state. According to a Rosatom release, VNIIEM Corp is manufacturing the reactor control and protection system electrical equipment (RCPS EE), for the third 1,000 MW unit coming up in KNPP.

“Following the inspection of JSC VNIIEM Corporation production facilities, the parties signed an acceptance report for cabinet internal wiring and module installation for all RCPS EE cabinets. This milestone is a step towards factory acceptance tests and comprehensive integration tests,” Rosatom said. “Earlier in March 2020, acceptance of another milestone took place – the incoming inspection of RCPS EE components – and in August the parties signed a technical acceptance report for assembly of modules for all cabinets”, it added.

NPCIL is building four more nuclear plants at Kudankulam with Russian collaboration– Units 3, 4, 5 and 6 – of 1,000 MW each. The first unit of Kudankulam NPP was put into commercial operation at the end of 2014, while unit 2 was connected to grid in August 2016.

A Rosatom statement also said that the company has joined the United Nations Global Compact – the largest corporate social responsibility and sustainable development initiative for businesses across the world. The initiative unites over 13,000 companies from more than 160 countries. To join the initiative, Rosatom issued the Letter of commitment to confirm that it supports the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Rosatom has also committed to making the UN Global Compact and its principles a part of its strategy, culture and day-to-day operations. On October 5, the UN Global Compact representatives officially approved Rosatom’s application.