The construction work on unit-5 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant began on Tuesday with the first concrete pouring into the foundation plate of the reactor building, said state-run Russian atomic energy corporation Rosatom, which is tasked with building India’s atomic reactors in Tamil Nadu.
Rosatom and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, a PSU under the department of atomic energy, have been building six power reactors of 1,000 MW each at Kudankulam, which is the country’s largest nuclear power generation park. Units 1 and 2 have already been commissioned while work on unit 3 and 4 is in the advanced stage and is scheduled to be completed by 2026-27. “On June 29, an official ceremony was held that was dedicated to the first concrete pouring into the foundation plate of the reactor building for Kudankulam NPP unit-5. The concrete pouring commemorated the official commencement of the main stage of the nuclear power plant stage-3 construction. Due to anti-epidemiological restrictions, the ceremony was held via videoconference,” the Russian company said in a statement.
Russian enterprises are already manufacturing equipment required for the first priority installation, the equipment for reactor facilities and turbine hall for unit 5.