Russia to ship pipe spools for Kudankulam’s main coolant pipeline

Russia’s integrated nuclear power company, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, on Thursday said it has started shipping pipe spools of the main coolant pipeline (MCP) for the fourth 1,000 MW atomic power plant unit at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.

In a statement, Rosatom said an MCP set comprises 16 pipe spools. The total weight of the shipment is more than 347 tons, and the net weight is about 253.5 tons.

“During the month of August, the entire set will be shipped from Petrozavodsk to Saint Petersburg sea port, via motor transport, for loading onto a ship,” it said.

The distance from Petrozavodsk in Russia to the construction site of Kudankulam is about 10,000 km.

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  1. However, the quality of construction and the pipe work and the overall integrity of the KKNPP structures have been called into question by the very workers and contractors who work there in Koodankulam. There have been international concerns about the design, structure and workings of the untested Russian-made VVER-1000 reactors.

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