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20.09.2013

Electric power from the Russian-designed NPP will be cheaper for Indians than from the rival plant

 

The end users will get electric power generated by the nuclear power plants constructed in India under the Russian designs at half the price than power generated under the US-designed plants. If generating units 3 and 4 of Kudankulam NPP construct according to the currently agreed prices, the cost of 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by the plant will be 6 rupees (0.09 USD). 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by a US-designed plant will be at least 12 rupees (0.18 USD).

 

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission, a body responsible for the electricity tariffs in the state of Tamil Nadu, has noted that the ceiling price for electricity generated by the first two generating units of Kudankulav NPP has been already determined. «The cost of power generated by the first two units of Kudankulam NPP will be lower. The cost per 1 kilowatt-hour from them may vary from 3 to 3.5 rupees (4.5-5 cents)». The Atomic Energy Corporation of India added that electric power from the nuclear power plants built in India under the Russian designs «will be for the end users half the price than the electricity from the plants constructed under the American and French designs». Therefore the Russian price is the most competitive at the market.

 

India is intending to build 19 NPP power units of the total capacity 17.4 thousand MW by 2017, 8 of which will be constructed with participation of other countries. What is meant here is construction with Russian technical assistance of the third and fourth power units of Kudankulam NPP in the state of Tamil Nadu of the capacity of 1 thousand MW each; construction with US and Japan participation of Mithi Virdi NPP with two power units of the capacity of 1.1 thousand MW each in the state of Gujarat and Kovvada NPP with two power units of the capacity 1.5 thousand MW each in the state of Andhra Pradesh; Jaytapur NPP with two power units of the capacity 1.65 MW each under the French design in the state of Maharashtra.

 

The commissioning of the Kudankulam NPP first unit is to happen in the nearest future, the construction of the second unit is practically completed; the contract implementation for the first priority design work to build the third and fourth units is near completion; the general framework agreement for construction of the plant second phase is at its final harmonization stage. In 2010 Russia and India signed a «road map» providing a serial construction of 14-16 NPP power units under Russian designs.

 

 

 

Source: www.biztass.ru