Fuel loading at Kudankulam 2

13 May 2016

Fuel loading has begun at India's Kudankulam unit 2, Russian state nuclear company Rosatom has announced.  

Kudankulam 1 and 2 (Image: Rosatom)  

The first of 163 fuel assemblies was loaded into the core of the VVER-1000 reactor on 11 May. Fuel loading should be completed by the end of the month and the reactor could reach first criticality in June, Rosatom said.

Kudankulam unit 2 is the second Atomstroyexport-supplied unit being built by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, with Russian assistance, at the site in Tamil Nadu. Construction of unit 2 was declared complete in July 2015, since when the plant has been undergoing 'hot testing' of the reactor pressure vessel as well as the primary and secondary coolant circuits.

Kudankulam 1 started commercial operation in December 2014. Excavation work began earlier this year in preparation for Kudankulam units 3 and 4.

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