Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Atomic Energy and Space, said that Russia’s state nuclear power corporation Rosatom has offered a more advanced fuel option to the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu.
In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the first batch of TVS-2M fuel assemblies have been received from the Russian Federation in May-June 2022 and have been loaded into 1 Unit and are functioning well.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said the use of more advanced TVS-2M fuel assemblies in the KKNPP reactors will enable 18-month operating cycles as opposed to the 12-month operating cycle currently being used with UTVS fuel assemblies in Unit 2.
The Minister said that Russia had offered more advanced fuel type TVS-2M instead of UTVS type fuel for use in reactors 1 and 2 at Kudankulam. He said that after detailed discussions by experts, considering the better operational performance with TVS-2M type fuel assemblies, it was decided to use TVS-2M fuel instead of UTVS fuel assemblies at Kudankulam-1 and 2.