Russia May Produce Certain Nuclear Power Plant Components In India

Russia May Produce Certain Nuclear Power Plant Components In India

Special Research Institute for Instrument Manufacturing (SNIIP) is the institute developing and manufacturing instruments and systems to ensure nuclear and radiation safety at all nuclear facilities built by Russian state nuclear power corporation Rosatom for the last five decades. With Russia being the only foreign player to have gained foothold in Indian nuclear power industry, SNIIP is also in talks with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to discuss the possibility of having a production facility of radiation monitoring equipment.

Commercial Director of SNIIP Kirill Krivosheyev in an interview to ET’s Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury talks how the monitoring equipment for the second phase of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu is likely to be produced in India itself.

What are the key priorities of SNIIP?

Our institute was founded 65 years ago at the initiative of a distinguished scholar in the field of nuclear physics, Igor Kurchatov. One of the goals of establishing the institute was provision of instruments for safe use of nuclear energy related to ionizing radiation control. When Soviet Union started carrying out nuclear project, scholars ran into the problem and, as a result, a decision was made to establish a special institute. Main task of SNIIP was to create a scientific and industrial base for nuclear instrumentation. Instruments measuring ionizing radiation are main instruments to conduct surveys in the field of nuclear physics and ensure safety of nuclear technologies. Read More

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