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Inferior parts being used in Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Top scientist

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  1. Anees

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    Inferior parts being used in Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Top scientist

    It has been alleged that sub-standard materials have come to the Kudankulam plant and they are causing problems.

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    CHENNAI: The Centre, speeding up the process to commission the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, received a jolt from one of the country's noted nuclear scientist and former chairman of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) A Gopalakrishnan, who raised doubts about the quality of equipment in the plant. "Sub-standard materials have come to the Kudankulam plant and they are causing problems," he alleged.

    Gopalakrishnan was speaking at the national convention on "Approach to the power question in the country," organised by the People's Committee for Safe Energy, and Breakthrough Science Society. "Dangerous things have been done undercover," he said. "AERB officials are not responding to any queries. There are reports from Russia about the supply of substandard atomic energy equipment. This has to be investigated before they go ahead with the commissioning. Since faults may not be known for a few years, safety concerns of the people have to be cleared," he said, while seeking an independent Indian investigation team to study the plant. "Chinese have now started examining the components from Russia," he said.

    The senior scientist, who endorsed indigenous development of atomic energy, complained the reactors under operation with foreign support were in a very bad state. The nuclear reactors in Tarapur built by America's General Electric in 1965, suffered serious technical problems even when they were constructed. The spare parts could not be sourced from GE even in 1995 as they were no longer making it. "Even the GE's assessment was that the plants were too old, dangerous and should be shut down, but the department of Atomic Energy continue running the plants till date," said Gopalakrishnan. He questioned India's commitment to French reactors for Jaitapur even while a single plant of that kind had not been built anywhere in the world.

    Terming the Centre's nuclear policy as dictated by foreign countries, Gopalakrishnan said, "Nuclear policy followed in this country today is moving on a reckless path and it could one day land us in trouble."

    Inferior parts being used in Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Top scientist - The Times of India
     
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    A leading Russian scientific expert vouched for the safety of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), which has faced the ire of protestors believed to be backed by Russia’s rivals. Yevgeniy Dudkin, head of the Russian Specialists Group at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project told The Hindu that the superior technology and exceptionally high quality equipment used in the reactors at the project made them unique in the global nuclear industry.

    Dudkin told the paper that the ‘hot run’ of the first reactor was successfully completed, as all components behaved exceptionally well during the tests. Since the Russian government established Quality Management System with international standards, the companies manufacturing any component to be used in the nuclear industry would always be adhering to international standards, the report said.

    Every part used and being used in the reactor and other parts fitted in the allied sections were being jointly inspected by Indian and Russian specialists prior to a series of tests conducted on them to ascertain their quality, the report said adding that the products were being received at the KNPP site jointly by the project’s engineers and Russian specialists, who would sign the documents to certify the quality of the components.

    “If any of the observation made by one of the members questioned the quality of a particular component, it will not be installed until the issue is settled. Hence, there cannot be any room for compromise in quality in the products supplied to KKNPP,” Dudkin told the paper adding that the Russia side was addressing the issue of short supply of any of the components, if any, to avert possible delay in the execution of the project.

    Dudkin told the paper that the VVER – 1000 technology, which has been used in the reactors under construction at Kudankulam, was a proven one, as two similar reactors constructed by his company, Atomstroyexport, a Rosatom subsidiary were functioning well in China.

    “Inter-governmental agreement had been signed for constructing two nuclear reactors of 1,000 MWe in Bangladesh and construction on two reactors with similar capacity is to be started at Vietnam. Of course, we have planned to construct four more reactors at Kudankulam. This is purely because of the highest quality standards Russia has evolved over the years and the components with exceptionally superior quality,” The Hindu quoted Dudkin as saying.

    Dudkin also told the paper that a number of passive safety measures installed had made the reactors the safest in the world. The report said that the passive heat removal system that could extract the residual heat from the reactors even during absolute power cut, quick boron injection system, the core catcher that would cover completely even the melted core, hydro accumulators and an array of few more safety features had made the KNPP reactors unique in the industry.

    “In fact, we will be pleased to introduce such futuristic safety measures in the reactors we are going to construct in other parts of the world,” Dudkin told the paper.

    The Kudankulam units comprise of 1,000 MW reactors of the VVER-1000 model being constructed by NPCIL and Russia’s Atomstroyexport.

    India signed a contract with the Soviet Union to build the Kudankulam plant in 1988, while the actual construction started only in 1997 due to the political and economic upheaval in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

    The construction of the first two units of the power plant was halted in September 2011 over protests by local residents who demanded the scrapping of the Indo-Russian project citing the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Protesters had blocked all roads to the plant and would not allow the workers to enter. The work resumed in March 2012.

    Protestors have vowed to disrupt the project and continue to fight against the project in Indian courts.

    Russian expert vouches for Kudankulam safety | Russia & India Report
     
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    indrus.com is a pro-Russia website. We should give more heed to our own scientists.
     
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    we wont allow our gov to work on any power related projects, with one or the reason.

    in this case because fear of N radiation and there alarming thing like this people are getting paid by west...

    in Andhra Pradesh people are protesting for not install hydo power plant because of chances of pollution, and gov is not able to allocate the solar plants because opposition climes that gov has take bribes and relaying on out dated tech...

    with out adopting to new tech and with out starting any new projects how gov can provide power at low price and that uninterruptedly, come guys educated young generation has to take up this and help the elders to come out of stigma associated with the latest and things like that...
     
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    thanks for the stand, if you say so, where is this so called scientists when it is under construction, this plant is under development from last decade. what is so called scientists doing upto now when he is having the facts at his hands...

    and this not the first N power plant India, see the list from gov website http://www.npcil.nic.in/main/allprojectoperationdisplay.aspx

    okay read the Indian link Kudankulam plant Director denies allegation - The Hindu
     
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    You misunderstood. My stand is exactly what's yours. I know that other countries are influencing our country through the foreign NGOs, Human Rights. I know that they're particularly focused on undermining our pursual of programs of strategic importance. All I meant is we should not make conclusions based on foreign media. But on our own.

    Just like foreign NGOs are trying to undermine our strategic programs. They will also speak pro-"Whatever they're selling us". We shouldn't listen to either.
     
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    I should've made it more clear, I just meant we shouldn't take serious info from indrus.com But not that there is no efforts at undermining our power plant projects or any other strategic projects. I'm infact very angry at how others are playing us.

    But we shouldn't listen to the words of the Russians at anything coz they decide based on realpolitik. And they've already proved that with Vikramaditya. Even if I believe that the Kudankulam plant is of high standards, I just lost it for a moment when an Indian top scientist itself said that.

    It made me wonder if the Khangrassie are playing along with the Russians for a sec. That's all.
     
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    Just try to read the Hindu link in other post Hindu is our local paper na...
     
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    [MENTION=9280]brahmos_ii[/MENTION] I mean if the Russians find a way to exploit us and get away with it, they won't hesitate. The only reason I payed any attention to the post was coz it was an Indian top scientist as they're known to be very loyal to the country.
     
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    That's good news.

    P.S: I don't take any paid news serious. I read independent news like globalresearch.ca, etc. But I believe the news anyway.
     
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    chuc cac ban vui ve
     
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    When the plant is under development where is this top scientist is sleeping and what is he doing upto now, Its so bad we are not able to understand the gravity of the investments and time we put in there...

    and there 20 installed N power plants are already in running show me the country which supplied the tech for that projects...
     
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    I know. Our country has become such a joke coz of mismanagement and such. Let's hope Modiji will clear alot of clout.
     
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    good someone like us are worrying for Country, just reminding you what our so called top scientist is doing the last decade when the project is under development is my simple question, weather he might get payed before to suppress the news or payed after to stop the project from getting started...
     
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