Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Earth Sciences, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy, and Space, informed the House that Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom has offered Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant a more advanced fuel option.

Dr. Jitendra Singh responded in written form to a question in the Lok Sabha today, stating that the first lot of TVS-2M fuel assemblies had been received from the Russian Federation in May-June 2022 and had been loaded into Unit-1.

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Dr. Jitendra Singh said the use of TVS-2M fuel assemblies in KKNPP reactors will allow 18-month operating cycles as against the 12-month operating cycle with UTVS Fuel Assemblies presently in use in Unit-2.

The minister stated that Russia had offered a more advanced fuel, namely, TVS-2M type in place of UTVS type fuel for use in reactors at Unit 1&2 at Kudankulam. Considering the better operational performance of TVS-2M fuel assemblies over UTVS fuel assemblies, it was decided to use TVS-2M fuel assemblies in place of UTVS fuel assemblies in Kudankulam Units 1 and 2.

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