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Russian N-panel chief to visit Tamil Nadu plant

Sirgei V Kiriyenko is visiting the Kudankulam plant in Tamil Nadu to evaluate the progress of its construction.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 17:58 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

The head of Russia's Federal Agency for Atomic Energy, Sirgei V Kiriyenko, will visit the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu on Sunday to evaluate the progress of its construction and also discuss the prospects of future cooperation for a strategic partnership.

Arriving in the Capital on Saturday, Kiriyenko, also a former Russian prime minister, has already visited the plant in April last year and arrives ahead of President Valdimir Putin's visit to New Delhi.

Putin is the chief guest for this year's Republic Day celebrations on January 26. "Kiriyenko will also hold meetings with Indian Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar and discuss matters relating to supply of nuclear material," said a Russian embassy official.

A joint Indo-Russian committee has been formed to work out proposals for completing the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.

Russia has already agreed to ensure the commissioning of Units I and II with a capacity of 1,000 MW each without compromising on quality and security.

During his earlier visit, Kiriyenko wanted to see if Moscow could procure orders for four units of 1,000 MW each to be built at the Kudankulam plant.

Russia has supplied uranium fuel to India for the Tarapur nuclear power plant in defiance of a ban by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), and is also involved in the construction of the first two units of the Kudankulam plant.

Like Tarapur, Kudankulam is under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards and so Russia can supply fuel to this power plant as well.

Russia has already signalled its intent to start nuclear supplies to India and is keen to maximise business the moment the NSG ban on any country supplying nuclear material or equipment to this country is lifted.

First Published: Jan 20, 2007 17:58 IST