A top Russian nuclear constructor does not rule out delays in starting up the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) in the face of continuing protests against the project.

“I think talks are looming ahead on reviewing the start-up schedule,” said Alexander Glukhov, head of Atomstroiexport, the Russian company building two reactors at Kudankulam.

“We have not yet set the date for talks with our Indian partners, taking time out to see how the situation evolves,” Mr. Glukhov told journalists during a visit to the Czech Republic.

The much-delayed first unit of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant is to go on stream in December, followed by the commissioning of the second unit six months later.

However, protesters disrupted preparations for the start-up blocking access to the plant for Russian and local staff.

Experts have excluded a repetition of Fukushima type disaster at Kudankulam, thanks to the safety features built into the third-generation Russian reactors, VVER-1000, installed at the power plant.