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N. Patrushev: India identified one more site for a VVER NPP


India has identified one more site for construction of a nuclear power plant to the Russian VVER technology. Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council January 11 told this to journalists after negotiations with India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh and national security adviser Shivshankar Menon finished on January 10. India “has come to grips” to the stage of allocation of a site for construction of a new nuclear power plant with the participation of Russia, ITAR-TASS quotes Patrushev. “During the negotiations the Indian side has voiced for the first time that the budget has been allocated for construction of the next site” said N. Patrushev and reminded that in 2010 Russia and India had signed a “road map” providing for construction of up to 14-16 nuclear power units.

The money allocated under the Indian five-year development plan for 2012-2017. According to N. Patrushev, the Indian side did not specify the geographic area of the new site, but he underlined that it is not a matter of the site of Units 3 and 4 of Kudankulam NPP in the Tamil-Nadu state and not the site of Khariput NPP in the West Bengal. The first stage of Kudankulam NPP construction is ongoing since 2002. Originally Unit 1 was to be completed by December 2007, Unit 2 – in 2008. According to the recent data the commissioning of the both Units will take place in 2013. In the end of 2011 it was reported that the Government of India upon Russian side request was studying an option alternative to the Kharipur NPP site due to intention of the West Bengal state to block the project.