Desalination plant ready

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Koodankulam desalination plant in Tirunelveli district is ready and will yield 1,000 cubic metres of potable water per day, said Vladislav V. Antonyuk, Consul General, Consulate General of the Russian Federation, here on Friday.

Addressing a seminar on ‘CIS countries – business and investment opportunities,’ organised by EEPC India Southern Region and the Small Industries Development Bank of India, he said that Russia was helping India build its biggest nuclear power plant, initially consisting of two nuclear reactors, followed by the addition of four more units later, at Koodankulam. Ultimately, it would meet the energy demands of the State.

According to Mr.Antonyuk, 90 per cent of the construction work had been taken up by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL). Russia was helping India to build and run safer and more efficient light-water reactors.

Massive savings

“It is the best option available for India. So far, there has been no problem with regard to building of two reactors, and it will result in great savings for India.

We are working with Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd for the last two-and-a-half years in setting up Titanium sponge plant for processing and smelting of titanium,” he said.

On the economic meltdown, he said the CIS countries would overcome it by 2009. It offered opportunities for Indian exporters.

He said for a country to achieve higher growth, investments had to be made in infrastructure such as roads, power plants and desalination plants.

Belarus calling

Oleg Laptenok, Belarus Ambassador, said that Belarus was attracting greater attention these days. The two-way trade grew at nearly 100 per cent per annum from 2003 to 2005.

Mahesh Desai, EEPC National vice-chairman, said, “Even though India’s relationship with CIS countries has been close and cordial, it has not fructified to a large extent. We have to look at other areas to have long and sustainable relationship.”

R.K. Mutha, EEPC Deputy Regional Chairman, Southern Region and M. Ganesan, EEPC Regional Director, Southern Region, spoke.

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