Nuke Plant: India, Russia To Sign GFA Soon

Russia, which is helping India to develop a modern and advance nuclear power plant at Kudankulam, has agreed to sign the General Framework Agreement (GFA) on units 5 and 6 of the plant with the South Asian country later this month.
A senior official of India’s Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has confirmed the news, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to sign the GFA as soon as possible. The two leaders discussed the issue during President Putin’s visit to New Delhi earlier this year. At that time, the visiting president assured PM Modi that Kremlin would try hard to complete the GFA by the end of 2016.
Meanwhile, the DAE official told the press a couple of days ago that negotiations between officials of the two countries for the contract were going on and details would be worked out soon by Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) and Rosatom, the nuclear power agency of Russia. The work on the ground breaking ceremony for units 3 and 4 of the plant was held early this year and the ceremony for units 4 and 5 would take place in mid 2017.
Although former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and then Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev had signed an agreement for the project way back in 1988, the actual work began in 1997. India has spent more than USD 3000 million for setting up the units 1 and 2 of Kudankulam plant and major share of power generated in the plant goes to four southern Indian provinces – Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry. The third and fourth units of the plant will be commissioned in 2022-23.
Kudankulam nuclear plant is the largest power generating stations in India and its Water-Water Energetic Reactor (VVER) has been built by Russia. Rosatom has claimed that the plant will have the power generating capacity of 6,000MW after all the six units are commissioned.


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