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Updated: November 7, 2013 12:38 IST

Russian envoy vouches for safety of KKNPP reactor

S. Annamalai
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Nikolay A. Listopadov. Photo: S.S. Kumar
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Nikolay A. Listopadov. Photo: S.S. Kumar

Vouching for the safety of the Russian technology running the reactor at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, an envoy on Tuesday said the first reactor would begin commercial production in December. The 1,000-MW reactor, which attained criticality on July 13, was synchronised with the southern regional power grid on October 22.

Addressing reporters at the M.A.M. College of Engineering and Technology at Siruganur near here on Tuesday, Nikolay A. Listopadov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Southern India, said the second unit would attain criticality next year and start production subsequently. Mr. Listopadov was confident that contracts for the third and fourth units of the KKNPP would be firmed up shortly, as has assured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Consul General claimed the Russian technology provided for the KKNPP reactors was the safest in the world and showing good results in China. That was why opposition to the KKNPP “is not that active”, Mr. Listopadov observed.

He said the Russian reactors would be installed in two more nuclear power projects besides the one sanctioned for West Bengal’s Haripur.

KKNPP scientists had, within hours of the plant being synchronised with the southern grid, shut down the turbine. Describing this stoppage as “quite normal”, Mr. Listopadov said the action was in conformity to existing procedures and did not amount to a delay in the reactor’s progress towards commercial production.

The Consul General congratulated scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation for the successful launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission and said the lift-off of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) meant that India was progressing rapidly in the area of space technology.

The Russian Federation, he said, closely cooperated with India during the preparations ahead of the mission’s launch.

He knows that these reactors are safe based on what evidence? And if they are so safe, why doesn't the Russian government assume all liability in the event of any unlikely disaster?

from:  Easwar Easwar
Posted on: Nov 6, 2013 at 00:50 IST

The consul general is not competent to certify the quality and safety of the nuclear plant. He is only echoing what has been told to him. If our PM say that any of our Indian technology is safe and sound he will be repeating what the promoting company's marketing forces will be saying. It would have been better if he had said that what he said was as per the inputs given to him by the marketing agents of the Russian Company. One can appreciate if he had said what is the liability he will ask his company to take in case of a large scale nuclear accident. As an envoy had he dealt with this issue instead of certifying the technology which even his own technical experts cannot do in earnestness, one can appreciate him or his govt.,

from:  kasthuri rangan
Posted on: Nov 5, 2013 at 20:03 IST
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