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‘KNPP’s First Unit Likely to be Operational By Next Year’ via Outlook India.com

Amid anti-nuclear protests by villagers, Atomic Energy Chairman R K Sinha today said the first unit of 1,000 MW of the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu is likely to become operational by next year.

“Though it will not be able to give the exact time for commissioning of the project mainly due to the directives of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and the case pending in the Supreme Court, we expect the unit to go operational by the next calendar year,” Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of India Nuclear Energy 2012 summit here.

He said the fuel loading at the unit is in process and is likely to be completed in the next few months.

Last week, the AERB gave its approval for loading of enriched uranium fuel into the first unit of the Kudankulam nuclear plant built with Russian collaboration.

“With the launch of the Kudankulam next year, some of the power problems (of Tamil Nadu) will be solved,” he said.

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