India and Russia commissions Kudankulam 1

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin have recently inaugurated unit 1 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. Together with J Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, where the plant is based, the two leaders conducted the inauguration via a video conference.
The Kudankulam plant’s site director, R S Sundar, said during the inauguration that unit 2 will be ready by end of this month. Both units are Russian-built VVER-1000 pressurized water reactors. During the video conference, which included a link to the plant site in Tirunelveli, Modi said India and Russia plan to build a series of nuclear power plants. "Today’s event is a joyful event for the Russian team of engineers in India and Russia. We salute them for their relentless work," Modi said. "I have a vision for India where [the] achievements of our economic development will benefit Earth. Kundankulam. The success of this plant demonstrates a common resolve to build new ties."
Indian news agency IANS said that Russia’s latest VVER-1200 reactor technology is likely to be used for future units. IANS quoted former NPCIL chairman M R Srinivasan as saying Russia’s commissioning last week of Novovoronezh 6 "is of interest for India".

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