Andhra Pradesh to get another nuclear plant
12 October 2018
The proposal to have another nuclear power plant (NPP) in Andhra Pradesh has gained impetus with India and Russia expected to sign an agreement to supply reactors during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India to attend the 19th annual Indo-Russian summit. The preliminary work on the first power plant is going on at a brisk pace at Kovvada in Srikakulam district.
Interestingly, Andhra Pradesh won the second NPP, trouncing states like Karnataka, Odisha and Kerala. Significantly, the Union government shifted the NPP to Kavali from Haripur in West Bengal after stiff resistance from locals there. Andhra Pradesh had earlier shown four sites in Prakasam and Nellore districts to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, to set up the second NPP. Kavali was selected by the DAE.
It was selected after conducting techno-economic feasibility studies by teams of the Karnataka-based National Institute of Rock Mechanics. Russia’s Rosatom will build two water-water energetic reactor reactors of 1,000 MW each in the first phase even as there are plans for six such reactors at Kavali.