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Task group set up for Koodankulam project

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REVIEWING THE PROJECT: Russian Federation Minister for Atomic Energy S.V. Kiriyenko (centre) addressing the media at Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu on Saturday. He is flanked by president of Atomstroy Exports, S.I. Shmatko (left) and Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Anil Kakodkar. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

KOODANKULAM: An Indo-Russian joint task group (JTG) has been formed to expedite the preliminary work on construction of the third and fourth nuclear reactors at Koodankulam. The Centre had given its nod for the expansion of the nuclear power project with Russian assistance.

The JTG, comprising top officials of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), the Atomic Energy Commission, the Government of India and the Russian Government, would work on the formalities before the actual start of the programme and make an inventory of all components and submit a report to the Government "as soon as possible," Russia's Minister for Atomic Energy S.V. Kiriyenko told mediapersons here on Saturday.

Expressing satisfaction over the construction of the first two reactors, "which is progressing ahead of schedule," Mr. Kiriyenko, who had a series of discussions with top officials of NPCIL and AEC on his maiden official visit, said there would be no compromise in the quality of construction though both Governments were keen on taking the reactors to criticality stage at the earliest.

The Russian Minister said his Government's commitment to supply fuel to Tarapur I and II reactors would be carried out within the international norms

To a query, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar said the Government was keen on increasing nuclear power generation and, hence, had given the nod for construction of eight more nuclear reactors: 2 X 700 MWe in Rajasthan, 2 X 700 MWe at Kakrapar in Gujarat, 2 X 1,000 MWe at Koodankulam and 2 X 1,000 MWe at Jaitapur in Maharashtra.

Dr. Kakodkar said that experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency would be visiting the reactors, Tarapore I and II, Rajasthan I and II, Koodankulam I and II, as they had been brought under international safeguards.

S.K. Jani, Chairman, NPCIL, S.K. Agrawal, Executive Director (Light Water Reactors), S.I. Shamtko, president, Atomstroy Exports, Russia, were present.

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