Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Department of Space
09-August-2012 17:39 IST
Cost of Kudankulam Nuclear Project and Commencement of Commercial Production


          The initial estimated cost of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1&2 (KKNPP 1&2) was Rs. 13,171 crores and completion dates for Unit 1&2 were December 2007 and December 2008, respectively.


          Of the four nuclear projects, Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant, Unit 3&4 (KAPP Units 3&4 – 2x700 MW), Rajasthan Atomic Power Plant, Units 7&8 (RAPP Units 7&8 – 2x700 MW) are progressing on schedule.  Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant KKNPP Units 1&2 and Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), Kalpakkam have time and cost overrun.  The details in this regard are as follows:



KKNPP Unit 1&2


PFBR, Kalpakkam

Original completion date

December 2007 (Unit 1) & December 2008 (Unit 2)

September 2010

Expected completion date

August 2012 (Unit 1) & March 2013 (Unit 2)

September 2014

Original completion cost

Rs. 13171 crore (Unit 1&2)

Rs. 3492 crore

Expected completion cost

Rs. 17270 crore (Unit 1&2)

Rs. 5677 crore


          A credit of Rs. 6,416 crore has been advanced by the Russian Federation for the KKNPP Units 1&2.


          The first and second units of Kudankulam project are schedule to reach criticality (first start of fission chain reaction) in August 2012 and March 2013 and commence commercial operation by October 2012 and June 2013, respectively.


          The inspection of the Reactor Pressure Vessel using a specially designed remote controlled machine has been completed.


The above information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry Personnel, PG & Pensions and in the Prime Minister’s Office (Shri V. Narayanasamy) in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.