ASE group signs PAC of KNPP unit 2 with NPCIL

By: | Published: March 31, 2017 6:41 PM

Moscow-based ASE Group of companies today announced the signing of provisional acceptance certificate (PAC) of Unit 2 of the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant, with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).

Moscow-based ASE Group of companies today announced the signing of provisional acceptance certificate (PAC) of Unit 2 of the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant, with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL). (Reuters)

Moscow-based ASE Group of companies today announced the signing of provisional acceptance certificate (PAC) of Unit 2 of the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant, with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL). ASE Engineering company and NPCIL have signed the provisional acceptance certificate, “which allows the unit to begin its one-year period of warranty operation,” the company said in a release here. “For NPCIL, this is the first step towards the commercial operation of the unit,” ASE group, doing the plant’s design engineering, said. As of today, KNPP’s second unit was under the warranty of its general designer and the suppliers of equipment from Russia, represented by ASE Engineering company,” it said.

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Therefore, in case of any malfunctions or technical failures related to the obligations of ASE in the second unit, “the inconsistencies in the operation of the equipment will be taken care of by the Russian side,” it added. “This period of responsibility will last until March 30, 2018, after which the statement on the final acceptance of Unit 2 by the operating entity in India (NPCIL) will be signed,” it added. The second unit with the Russia-designed VVER-1000 reactor was synchronised with the southern grid on August 29 last year and has already reached 100 per cent operating capacity.

KNPP, located in Tirunelveli district, is scheduled to have six VVER-1000 reactors with an installed capacity of 6,000 MW. The beginning of warranty operation indicates the “successful completion” of all necessary work and tests on the unit, the release said. Vice President for South Asian Projects, ASE Group, Andrei Lebedev was quoted as saying that KNPP includes a “harmonious combination of traditional active and passive safety systems.” “The nuclear power plant has implemented a number of systems that fulfill the International Atomic Energy Agency post-Fukushima requirements,” he said.

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