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Kudankulam N-plant to be commissioned by Dec 2008

India's first 1,000 MW nuclear power plant built with Russian aid at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu will be commissioned by December 2008.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2007 06:15 PM IST

India's first 1,000 MW nuclear power plant built with Russian aid at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu is expected to be commissioned by December 2008 despite delays in the delivery of some key equipment.

"All efforts are being made by the Indian side to ensure that unit-I is completed in or before December 2008," Nuclear Power Corporation of India's Project Director S K Agarwal said on Wednesday.

"Though all major equipment including pressure vessels have been received, those materials which were delayed have started coming from the Russian Federation and the situation will be under control shortly," he told PTI.

"The reactor of Kudankulam unit 1 was earlier scheduled to be commissioned in December 2007. There has been a delay in respect of certain materials urgently required for sequential erection activities which are in a large quantity and require long erection time," Agarwal said.

The pressure vessel of one of the reactors was installed early this year, he said.

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