Koodankulam nuclear power plant's first unit operations handed over to India by Russian company

The commercial operation and the warranty period of Unit 1 of the power plant had begun in December 2014.

Published: 06th April 2017 04:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2017 05:04 PM   |  A+A-

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (File | PTI)

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CHENNAI: The first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) is now completely under the management of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), with the commercial operation and the warranty period of Russian State Energy Atomic Corporation (ROSATOM) coming to an end.

According to an official of ASE Group of companies, a subsidiary of ROSATOM, which built in the plant in collaboration with Indian government, the representatives of ASE Group of Companies and NPCIL signed a joint statement on final takeover of the unit 1 of the power plant on Wednesday.

The commercial operation and the warranty period of Unit 1 of the power plant had begun in December 2014.

Andrei Lebedev, vice president of ASE for projects in South Asia said, “The warranty period run showed reliable and safe operation of Unit 1. Thus, Indian side confirms that ASE Group of Companies, which is general contractor, has fulfilled all its tasks in full and accurately.”

“From now on operation of Unit 1 is totally within the responsibility of the Indian side", he added.

This comes in the wake of ASE Engineering Company and NPCIL signing the Act of Preliminary Acceptance of Unit 2 of the KKNPP, which allows the unit to begin its one-year period of warranty operation from March 30.

“As of now, the Unit 2 of the KNPP in India is under the warranty of its general designer and the suppliers of equipment from Russia, which are represented by ASE Engineering Company. This means that, in case of any malfunctions or technical failures related to the obligations of ASE at the Unit 2 of KKNPP, the inconsistencies in the operation of the equipment will be taken care of by the Russian side,” said Lebedev

“This period of responsibility will last until March 30, 2018, after which the statement on the final acceptance of Unit 2 by the operating entity in India will be signed,” he added.

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