Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in India safe from Fukushima-like disaster

The second unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in India’s Tamil Nadu state has been reconnected back to the grid, Russian state-run atomic power corporation Rosatom, the equipment suppliers and technical consultants of the KNPP said in a statement.

The second 1,000 MW unit at KNPP had been shut down since December 15, 2019, for maintenance, and has been reconnected to the grid as scheduled.

India’s state-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) is the developer of the project.

“The second Kudankulam NPP power unit is stably working after undergoing scheduled preventative maintenance, on March 14, 2020,” a statement said.

“The scheduled preventative maintenance was completed ahead of schedule, which proves the fact that NPCIL and ASE specialists not only have a common language, but also can work together as a coordinated team” said Igor Korolchenko, Head of the Technical Support Directorate.

The scheduled preventative maintenance that was started on December 15, 2019, involved works on the generator, including metal stress control, components servicing, repairs and testing of main and auxiliary equipment of the power unit.

The implementation of the Kudankulam NPP project involves construction of six power units of 1,000 MW each.