“Everything that we offer to our Indian partners is focused on obtaining economic benefits from nuclear power units operation. The efficiency is achieved due to the increased uranium content in a fuel bundle, reducing the amount of spent nuclear fuel and increasing duration of the fuel campaign from 3 to 4.5 years,” commented Natalia Nikipelova, President of TVEL.
Earlier, TVEL Fuel Company successfully implemented similar projects of replacement UTVS with TVS-2M fuel and an extension of the fuel cycle from 12 to 18 months at Tianwan NPP in China.
TVEL incorporates enterprises for the fabrication of nuclear fuel, conversion and enrichment of uranium, production of gas centrifuges, as well as research and design organizations. It is the only supplier of nuclear fuel for Russian NPPs. TVEL provides nuclear fuel for 73 power reactors in 13 countries worldwide, research reactors in eight countries, as well as transport reactors of the Russian nuclear fleet. Every 6th power reactor in the world operates on fuel manufactured by TVEL.
Kudankulam NPP in Tamil Nadu state in southern India involves the construction of 6 power units with VVER-1000 reactors with an installed capacity of 6000 MW. The 1st stage, consisting of power units № 1 and № 2, was commissioned in 2013 and 2017, respectively. Power units № 3,4 and № 5,6 are the 2nd and 3rd stages of the Kudankulam NPP. Currently, power units № 3 and № 4 are being constructed and preparation for construction of power units № 5 and № 6 is underway.