Commercial operation of KNPP-2 to begin in December

2 September 2016 Sputnik
Kudankulam is the largest Russian-India project in the energy sector.
The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) is being constructed in technical cooperation with Russia in accordance with an inter-governmental agreement made in 1988. Source: Reuters
The second unit of India's Kudankulam nuclear power plant was launched in July. Source:Reuters

Commercial operation of the second unit of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant is expected to start in December 2016, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) said on its website.

The second unit of India's Kudankulam nuclear power plant was launched in July and connected to the power grid earlier this week.

The construction of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant was initially agreed by the Soviet Union and India in 1988, however, the project later became stuck in limbo. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Russia's state atomic energy corporation Rosatom launched the much-delayed joint project in 2012. The first unit was connected to the grid in 2013 and reached full capacity in July 2014. It is currently India’s most powerful reactor.

In December 2014, Moscow and New Delhi signed a strategic document on the serial construction of nuclear power plants in India. The document stipulates the construction of up to 25 units with Russia's participation.

First published by Sputnik.

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