The GW Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu being built with Russian assistance will be commissioned in the next two months. Also being commissioned is the second nuclear reactor, that would produce another GW of electricity, within a quarter of the initial inauguration.
The nuclear power project being held up due to concerns of nuclear radiation leakage and a risk increase during natural calamities, has now a strong proponent in the CM.
Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy said the ‘cold run’ of the power plant will begin in the presence of Atomic Energy Regulatory Commission officials within ten days time and the tests will go on for 15 days from then.
“After this, we will start the process of fuel loading which will be monitored by AERB officials for around 20 days. After these mandatory clearances, the plant will be ready for operational,” he said in New Delhi
The Tamil Nadu government, which had sought suspension of the project in September last year, made a u-turn on Monday by giving the green signal for the project.
Narayanasamy said the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu telephoned him to convey that the state cabinet has given its go-ahead for the project and that the Centre can steps in this regard.
Narayanasamy said the Russian scientists in Kudankulam, have started work on the project after the Tamil Nadu Government gave the green signal.
“Even when the protests were being held, the maintenance work was being held inside the power plant,” he said.
Narayanasamy said he spoke to Atomic Energy Commission chairman S K Banerjee the moment Tamil Nadu government decided to give its nod.
The infusion of almost 2 GW into the Tamil Nadu grid will bring substantially relief to a state plagued by frequent load shedding.
Given the perceived risks of a nuclear plant, the former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India Srinivasan said that one should never compare the Fukushima plant with Kudankulam and added “The Fukushima plant was built on a beachfront, but the Kudankulam was constructed on a solid terrain and that too keeping all the safety aspects in mind. Also, we are not in a tsunami prone area. The plants in Kudankulam have a double containment system which can withstand high pressure. At least Rs 14,000 crore has been spent. If we don’t operate the plant immediately, it will affect the economic stability of our country”