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Prime Minster Narendra Modi and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, will hand over the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP's) first unit to the country.

Prime Minster Narendra Modi and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, will hand over the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP’s) first unit to the country. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha is also to be a part of the ceremony. All three of the leaders will join in through video conferencing. A function is also to be held for the occasion, which will see the presence of the Chairman of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Corporation Chairman, SK Sharma, Russian company Atomstroy’s President Limareenko and site Director Sundar. This will be another example of the cooperation between India and Russia on the nuclear front. The first Unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was built with the expertise of the Russians after a pact between the then prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in November 1988. But the construction only took place in 1997 due to the political and economic instability of Russia due to the Soviet Union Collapse of 1991. The unit was synchronised with the southern grid on October 22, 2013, and became fully functional on December 31,2014

The first unit was synchronized with southern power grid on October 22, 2013, and power generation started on December 31, 2014, generating a 1000 Mw. India’s regulator is speculated to authorise the start of the second power unit at KNPP. Two 1000 Mw Russian reactors are being set up by the Nuclear Corporation of India (NPICL) at the KudanKulam village in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. The cost of Unit I and II had been estimated around Rs 13,171 crore. But delays and the depreciation of rupee has brought it up to Rs 17,270. NPCIL and Atomstroy export, a subsidiary of the Rosatom is building the power plants at KudanKulam. Rosatom is the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex.

The construction of the first two units has previously been stopped due to strong protests from villagers around the plant. The issue was later resolved after court cases and diplomacy between the state government and the centre. The capacity of KKNPP Unit- II would be a 1000 Mw on full power. The electricity generated by all central sector generating systems is allotted to beneficiary states and union territories. Tamil Nadu uses about 925 Mw of the energy, while Kerela gets 266 Mw and Puducherry suffices with 67 Mw. 300 Mw remains unallocated.

Source: financialexpress