Russia offers better fuel option for Kudankulam Nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu

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.

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