MOSCOW. Dec 6 (Interfax) - India will strive to designate a second site for a new Russian-designed nuclear power plant, according to a joint statement following the 21st Russian-Indian summit Partnership for Peace, Progress and Prosperity posted on the Kremlin's website.
The sides noted "significant progress" achieved in the construction of the remaining nuclear power plant units at the Kudankulam NPP and the "importance of continued further discussion on the second site in India." India will "strive to finalize formal allotment of the second site in accordance with earlier signed agreements," according to the statement.
The sides "welcomed continuation of technical discussions on the VVER 1200 of the Russian design, joint manufacturing of equipment and localization of components."
They mentioned successful collaboration on the Rooppur NPP construction in Bangladesh and said they were ready to explore opportunities to deliver similar projects in other countries.
The Kudankulam NPP is being built in India under a bilateral agreement signed on November 20, 1988 and additions to it dated June 21, 1998. Construction began in 2002 on the first two generating units with VVER-1000 reactors with combined capacity of 2,000 MW.
Russia has completed the first two units at the Kudankulam NPP, and in June 2017 India's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board granted a permit to pour the first concrete of the second phase, which includes generating units No. 3 and No. 4. The general agreement on the construction of these units was signed in April 2014 and the planned start of warranty operation is in 2023 and 2024, respectively.
A general framework agreement on the construction of the third phase of the Kudankulam NPP, the fifth and sixth units, was signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in 2017. The first concrete for the fifth unit was poured in June 2021.
The roadmap for cooperation in nuclear energy between Russia and India calls for the construction of a total 12 generating units in the India, including four to eight units at Kudankulam. The countries have also agreed that India will allocate one more site for a Russian-designed nuclear power plant.
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