Chennai: The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) noted that the VVER 1200 reactor that Russia is likely to supply to India is at a much higher rate than the reactors that was bought till date. Officials state that the rate of the nuclear reactor is much higher than the ones India is planning to buy.
“We have agreed on India’s assigning another plot for the construction of Russian power units, where we intend to use the latest WWER-1200 reactors built with the application of the latest and safest technologies,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin in his recent talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The WWER-1200 reactor is also known as VVER 1200 reactor.
The officials from NPCIL said that the VVER-1200 reactors are said to be the upgraded and up-rated version of VVER-1000 reactors with a a rated capacity of 1,200 MW.
Russia is planning to set up two VVER-1200 reactors at its Novovoronezh nuclear power plant complex and at two other locations. The VVER-1200 units will use 163 fuel assembly bundles similar to the VVER-1000 model. Sources note that once the first unit goes on stream, it will be the largest unit functioning in the country. The cost for foreign clients will be much less, around $2,500 per kwh, the official said. Meanwhile, NPCIL is gearing up to restart the Russia-made 1,000 MW unit sometime next month.
“We have closed the reactor after refuelling. Now we have to do some tests and hopeful of restarting the unit sometime during the middle of January 2016,” an official said.