Kudankulam nuke plant is the safest station in World – Russian envoy.

STORY: Sharing their best technology with India, Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin said the Kudankulam nuke plant station is the safest station in the World.

Kadakin said this while interacting to mediapersons in a news conference held in New Delhi on Friday (December 21).

Calling it is the safest station in the World; Kadakin said India has been given special privilege as no country in the world has been given a nuclear submarine.

“We share with India everything we have the best. Whether it is a nuclear power, the Kudankulam station is the safest station in the world and it is recognized by all people, even our competitors or ill-wishers. We have not given a nuclear submarine to any other country in the world. It is only India, which has that privileged from its sister Russia,” said Kadakin.

First conceived in 1988, Russian-built Kudankulam plant was supposed to have gone into operation last year, but protesters surrounded the compound after Japan’s nuclear plant accident, causing radiation leaks and forcing mass evacuations.

The protesters fear a similar accident could happen in southern India, a region that was hard hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Kadakin also added that Russia since 2008 agreement with India, has not revised its terms of credit for the Kudankulam nuke projects 3 and 4.

“Upon the kind request of the India side, we have retained the same term of credit for the Kudankulam 3 and 4. Same terms of credit means that four-five years have passed but we are applying the same terms of credit and the credit line of 3.5 billion US dollar was opened in Moscow last summer. So I think, it is clear, the situation is clear here because, it is normal functioning of international treaties and agreements and then we proceed from the long established centuries practice that it cannot have retroactive effect. Kundankulam3 and 4 was mentioned in 2008 agreement,” said Kadakin.

India is struggling to meet surging demand for electricity and suffers from a peak-hour power deficit of about 12 percent, which has become a significant drag on the economy.

A grid failure on two consecutive days this summer caused one of the world’s worst blackouts.

“We are very much satisfied with the level of exchanges of visits at the highest level, at the summit level,” said Kadakin.

Bilateral relations with Russia are one of the key pillars of India’s foreign policy. India sees Russia as a longstanding and time-tested friend that has played a significant role in its economic development and security.

India-Russia ties have acquired a qualitatively new character with enhanced levels of cooperation taking place in almost all areas of the bilateral relationship including political, security, trade and economy, defense, science and technology and culture.

Kadakin also said that Russia is actively working to make the upcoming annual summit a great success.

“The Russian side has also prepared a wide ranging agenda from the talks, more than a dozen documents are agreed to be signed during the summit, covering all entire gamut of our bilateral relations. There might be very important agreements regarding military cooperation about which you will learn on Monday. So we are actively working to make the upcoming summit a great success,” said Kadakin.

Indo-Russian cooperation in the military technical cooperation sphere has evolved from a simple buyer-seller framework to one involving joint research and development, joint production and marketing of advanced defence technologies and systems.

Russia has been a long-standing partner of India in nuclear energy and recognizes India as a country with advanced nuclear technology and an impeccable non-proliferation record. The construction of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) is a good example of ongoing cooperation in this area.

Units 1&2 of the KKNPP (VVER 1000 MW units) are being built with Russian collaboration. Unit 1 is due to be commissioned soon, while Unit 2 is at an advanced stage of construction. Discussions on the construction of two additional NPPs at Kudankulam (Units 3&4) are at an advanced stage.