V. Narayanaswamy, the Minister of State from the Indian Prime Minister’s office said that the power production from the first unit of the Kundankulam nuclear power plant will begin this month. The first unit of the plant has a capacity of 1,000 MW, which is being implemented in the southern Tamil Nadu town of Kundankulam near the town Tirunelveli.
The plant is being run by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, which is under the state and the Russian nuclear energy company Atomstroyexport. Narayanaswamy, while talking to reporters, said that both Indian and Russian scientists had checked the parameters of the plant and that the system is working well.
The minister said, “All parameters are working well. Power production will start this month”. He also said that the second unit will begin the production by the month of October 2013. The minister went on to say that India has informed Russia that the production of the first unit will begin in the month of April 2013.
According to Narayanasway India and Russia have signed an agreement regarding the construction of the third and fourth units of the atomic power plant. The Kundankulam plant, in the past year, has been a topic of controversy as it faced protests from locals as it was lying dormant.