India, Russia sign deal for two nuclear power units in Kudankulum

In October 2015, a joint statement between Narendra Modi and Vladimir Putin promised the signing of a GFA on the nuclear units by December 2016.

By: PTI | St Petersburg | Updated: June 1, 2017 10:21 pm
Vladimir putin, Russia, narendra Modi, modi in russia, Kudankulum, The GFA and Credit protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam nuclear plant are seen as a major outcome of the annual summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Source: AP photo)

India and Russia on Thursday signed a much-awaited pact for setting up the last two units of the Kundankulam nuclear power plant with Moscow’s help in Tamil Nadu after overcoming initial hurdles to finalise the strategic deal. The General Framework Agreement (GFA) and Credit protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam nuclear plant are seen as a major outcome of the annual summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We welcome the conclusion of the the General Framework Agreement and Credit protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant,” said a vision document issued after the Modi-Putin talks.

The reactors will be built by India’s Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Russia’s Atomstroyexport company, a subsidiary of Rosatom, the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex. Each of the two units will have a capacity to produce 1,000 MW of power. The document titled ‘A vision for the 21st Century’ said economies of India and Russia complement each other in the energy sector and both countries will strive to build an “energy bridge”.

It said the future of Indian-Russian cooperation holds great promise across a wide spectrum covering nuclear power, nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear science and technology. “We will strive to build an ‘energy bridge’ between our states and expand bilateral relations in all areas of energy cooperation, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydel and renewable energy sources and in improving energy efficiency,” it said.

The growing partnership in the nuclear power sector between India and Russia has opened opportunities for developing advanced nuclear manufacturing capabilities in India in line with India’s “Make In India” initiative, the declaration said. India and Russia commit themselves to earnestly implement the “Programme of Action for Localisation in India” signed on December 24, 2015, and to encourage their nuclear industries to engage closely and foster concrete collaborations, it said.

The current nuclear power generation capacity of all 22 nuclear power reactors is 6780 MW.

In October 2015, a joint statement between Modi and Putin promised the signing of a GFA on the nuclear units by December 2016. After an inter-ministerial group cleared the project, it was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for approval. But, sources said, the Credit Protocol, or a line of credit that Russia was to provide, proved to be a hurdle.

The two countries also said that there has been a “steady and demonstrable” achievements in bilateral civil nuclear partnership, including advancing nuclear power projects at the Kudankulum site and transforming it into one of India’s largest energy hubs.

“Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy has emerged as one of the hallmarks of the strategic partnership between the two countries, contributing to India’s energy security and energising broader scientific and technological cooperation,” as per the document.

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    kushal kumar
    Jun 2, 2017 at 8:20 am
    Long pending agreement for Kudankulam ( Tamil Nadu) Nuclear Power Plant signed between Russia and India on 1 June 2017, which is a great accomplishment coming during the period April to July 2017 predicted to be promising and opportune for India in certain respects in the article ” 2017 – an opportine year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September” by this Vedic astrology writer last year in October and November 2016. Some accomplishments towards last days of May 2017 in Germany are also noteworthy instances proving accuracy of this Vedic astrology writer's predictions.
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      Prof. Ghosh
      Jun 2, 2017 at 1:35 am
      It must be noted the Jewish lobby can not spoil the relations between two great and loyal people India and Russia. The Jewish .lobby was keen to terminate India's nuclear and missile programs and today suddenly the Jewish lobby appears from nowhere to be great friends of India! The head of this lobby Dr. Kissinger was taught a lesson by Indira hi. in 1971. No one cares for this lobby except in the USA.
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        Rahul
        Jun 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm
        GOOD.
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          Nathan
          Jun 1, 2017 at 11:02 pm
          What is good? Russian Sperms?
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          Nathan
          Jun 1, 2017 at 9:50 pm
          Russia is a very reliable and consistent supplier of Russian sperms for the past 70 years for the Aryans. Even after impregnating Aryan women with Russian sperms for the past 70 years and anti tion that those highly intelligent Brahmins born out of the collaboration and planting them as heads of all scientific organizations all over the Bharat would one day deliver highly advanced technology and products, NOTHING HAPPENED. Now Aryans again want to try for another 70 years the Russian sperm as a gra ude for the past 70 years and at the same time look for alternative sperms. Israelites have totally agreed to help Aryans and Modi has already gifted 13000 crores as advance to the intelligent Israelites. So be hopeful Aryans. Your descendants are hopefully going to be intelligent and they are hopefully going to develop advanced technologies for Bharat Mata and they all will be CEOs of all scientific/defense orgs.
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