“Discussions on the draft basic structure agreement for establishing KNPP Units 5 and 6 are presently in progress,” he stated.
The Indian federal government gave in-principle approval for setting up Units 5 and 6 at Kudankulam in October 2009. An inter-governmental arrangement in between India and Russia was checked in December 2008 for establishing Units 3 to 6.
The ground-breaking event for building of Units 3 and 4 was carried out in mid-February.
The new director general of Rosatom (South Asia) based in Mumbai, Evgeni Griva, told IANS throughout a see here recently that the agreement for providing equipment for Units 3 and 4 had been signed and preliminary licenses obtained.
“On September 7, 2015, Atomenergomash Holding, the power plant division of Rosatom, signed the extensive delivery agreement for reactor equipment for power Units 3 and 4,” Griva said.
“The license for excavation works and foundation pit prep work has actually now been obtained from the Indian regulative body,” he stated.
“The first and crucial agreement has likewise been signed– the shipment contract of long-lead equipment and priority delivery equipment from the Russian Federation. The top priority design is almost finished,” he included.
Start of work on Units 3 and 4 was delayed due to concerns among foreign nuclear plant suppliers about India’s nuclear damage liability law. They hesitated to sell to India, citing the provisions of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act (CLND) 2010, that supplies the right of option by Indian operator NPCIL versus the vendors for compensation in case of an accident.