ROSATOM is the builder of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KNPP). The 1000 MW Unit 1 and Unit 2 were commissioned in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
A total of six Russian reactors including these two — all to be built by the NPCIL under the technical assistance of Rosatom — will come up at Kudankulam.
The excavation process to set up Units 3 and 4 began in February, 2016.
Currently Russia and India are in the process of negotiations for the general framework agreement for Units 4 and 5 of the KNPP.
This is the first NPP in the world where the post-Fukushima safety enhancement requirements have already been implemented and being operated successfully. The Reactor plant of the KNPP is protected from the impact of earthquake, tsunami, tornado and hurricanes.
In December 2014 during the Summit meeting between the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the Prime-Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi the document called “Strategic Vision” was signed. It envisages construction of not less than 12 Russian-designed Units more in India.
Currently Russia is waiting for India to identify the location of a new nuclear power plant where six Units of 1,200 Mw each will be constructed. This is an evolutionary design of Generation III+ which meets all international safety requirements and recommendations.
Russia and India also collaborate in scientific and technical sphere, in nuclear fuel cycle and localization. In 2015 “Programme of actions for localization” was signed.
In 2015 Rosatom signed the General Contract for construction of Rooppur NPP. This event opened the way for startup of full-scale works on construction of Rooppur NPP site facilities.
The design for Rooppur NPP was selected to be AES-2006, a Russian design with VVER-type reactors of 1200 MW each having a prototype at Novovoronezh NPP-2 (Russia). This is an evolutionary design of Generation III+ which meets all international safety requirements and recommendations. This design was offered for Rooppur NPP as the most efficient in terms of safety and reliability as well as the most beneficial for Bangladesh from economic point of view.