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Power Machines awarded $1.7 billion contract

Located in: Corporate

28 May 2008

Russian power plant equipment company Power Machines has signed a contract for the supply of basic power equipment for the second phases of both the Novovoronezh and Leningrad nuclear power plant.

Russia delivers fuel for Kudankulam

Located in: Industry Talk

27 May 2008

The first consignment of fuel from Russia for unit 1 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu, India, was delivered on 25 May. The plant - consisting of two 1000 MWe VVER reactors - is being constructed under a bilateral agreement between India and Russia. Russia will supply all the enriched fuel, though India will reprocess it and keep the plutonium. Construction of the Kudankulam plant started in 2002. The general contractor for the project is Russia's AtomStroyExport (ASE). Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) said that the plant was now 86% complete and that pre-commissioning activities had already started. Unit 1 of the Kudankulam plant is scheduled to begin commercial operation in June 2009, while unit 2 should start up in March 2010. Russia and India earlier signed an agreement for an additional four 1000 MWe reactors at Kudankulam, as well as other nuclear energy related projects in India.

Russia and India agree on more Kudankulam reactors

Located in: Nuclear Policies

13 February 2008

Russia and India have finalized negotiations on an agreement for Russia to construct four additional nuclear power reactors at Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu. The construction of two Russian units there is progressing.

Belene contract 'opens new prospects' for Russia in Europe

Located in: New Nuclear

18 January 2008

The signing of a Eur4 billion contract for two new nuclear power reactors was welcomed by vendor AtomStroyExport, (ASE) which said that its selection for the new plant would help its chances to win further contracts in Europe.

India begins safeguards talks with IAEA

Located in: Nuclear Policies

22 November 2007

Top Indian officials are in Vienna, Austria for meetings with the IAEA over specific measures to ensure nuclear power materials in India are used for only peaceful purposes.

New Kudankulam units put on ice

Located in: Nuclear Policies

12 November 2007

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh suffered another setback to his nuclear power plans when Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to authorise export of four nuclear power plants to India. Meanwhile, US diplomacy has had little effect on his political opponents.

Russia's nuclear forging supplier ups capacity

Located in: New Nuclear

30 October 2007

Production of heavy forgings for three or more nuclear power reactors per year should be possible after 2011 at at OMZ's Komplekt-Atom-Izhora facility. The plant will most likely produce major components for 22 of the 33 power units Russia plans for 2020.

Kaiga 3 connected to the grid

Located in: Industry Talk

17 April 2007

[NPCIL, 16 April] Unit 3 of the Kaiga nuclear power plant was connected to the grid on 14 April, Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) reported. The unit was first connected to the grid on 11 April following authorization from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and subsequently shut down for conducting tests. Kaiga 3 is a 220 MWe pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR) in Uttar Kannada in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. Construction of the unit began in March 2002, and it achieved criticality - a sustained reaction - on 26 February. The plant will gradually be raised to full power after completion of mandatory tests. Kaiga 4 - another 220 MWe PHWR - is set to start operating by the end of 2007. Four further reactors are currently under construction in India (two 1000 MWe PWRs at Rawatbhata and two 220 MWe PHWRs at Kudankulam) and are scheduled to begin operating within the next two years.

Russia aims for 20% of construction market

Located in: Nuclear Policies

05 April 2007

In the next thirty years theworld is to build 300 to 600 GW of new nuclear generating capacityand Russia plans to have 20% of this market," said Russian atomic chief Sergey Kiriyenko.

Enel becomes the latest Russian associate

Located in: Corporate

15 March 2007

A memorandum of intent has been signed by Enel of Italy and Russia's Rosatom to cooperate on new nuclear power plants. Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko signed a deal on 14 March, the latest in a line of such agreements.

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