Chennai, Nov 4:
The City of Volgodonsk in southern part of Russia has got the Kudankulam alley. It is located next to the Atommash plant, which manufactures the equipment for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu.
Kudankulam is jointly constructed by Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
The Atommash plant manufactures the equipment for the KKNPP. It is a subsidiary of Atomenegomash, a machine-building division of Rosatom State Atomic State Atomic Energy Corporation.
All together 20 catalpa trees seedlings were planted after the Atommash shipped out four steam generators PGV-1000M for KKNPP Unit 3. The weight of the steam generators is 340 tonnes; length is around 14 meters and diameter is more than four metres.Andrey Nikipelov, CEO of Atomenergomash, said: “We started a tradition of planting new trees for each major shipment. Let them grow long, at least as long as our equipment works at the plant”.
According to him, manufacturing of steam generators takes about two years. At each stage, the key priority is being given to the quality of manufacturing and safety during the subsequent operation. The overall quality plan has 104 test points, including that with the participation of the customer representatives.
Steam generators will reach by water St. Petersburg city of Russia. From there, along with other equipment, it will travel around Europe and through the Suez Canal, reach Tamil Nadu in India. The length of the route will be 21,000 km.
In the nuclear power plant, the reactor is the basis. Uranium-235 splits into slow (thermal) neutrons to result in an enormous amount of heat. Heat is removed from the reactor core by coolant; it may be a liquid or gaseous substance which passes through the core. This thermal energy is used to produce water steam in the steam generator. Steam’s mechanical energy is supplied to the turbine generator where it becomes electricity and further moves to users by wires.
Currently, work is continuing on the next set of equipment for India. The equipment includes four steam generators for the Unit 4 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.