Kudankulam Nuclear power plant Current Affairs - 2019

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Malware detected in NPCIL system, isolated

As per Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), a malware was identified in state-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) system at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP), Tamil Nadu. The matter was conveyed to the DAE by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) on 4 September 2019 and was immediately investigated by DAE specialists.

Key Highlights

The identification of malware in NPCIL system was correct but the affected system was not connected to plant system. Thus NPCIL plant systems are not affected and networks are being continuously monitored.

The DAE specialists’ investigation revealed that infected PC belonged to a user who was connected in internet connected network used for administrative purposes and it is isolated from critical internal network of NPCIL system. The networks are now being continuously monitored. Investigation also confirmed that plant systems are not affected.

About Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP)

It is located 650km south of Chennai, in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. It is being developed by Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL). The NPCIL works under the DAE, which in turn comes under purview of prime minister’s office (PMO).

Kudankulam is one of the leading operational nuclear plants of India. Atomstroyexport, is the supplier of equipment and fuels for the nuclear power project. It is a subsidiary of Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation Rosatom.

Its unit-1 and unit-2 are already operational and connected to grid while Unit-3 and unit-4 are being constructed with help of Russia and preparatory work for construction of unit-5 and unit-6 is under process. At present India has 22 nuclear reactors in operation in 7 nuclear plants, having a total installed capacity of 6,780 MW and has another 21 reactors in various stages of construction and development.

India, Russia ink deal on Unit 1 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant

India has signed a joint statement with Russia takeover full operational control of Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP). It formally marks the full transition.

The agreement was signed between representatives of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and the ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia.

Key Facts
  • With the deal, the Russian and Indian sides have confirmed fulfilment of all warranty terms and obligations of the contractor (ASE Group of Companies) for the construction of Unit 1.
  • The warranty period run showed reliable and safe operation of Unit 1. Thus, the NPCIL has confirmed that ASE Group of Companies, which is a general contractor, has fulfilled all its tasks in full and accurately.
  • The commercial operation and the warranty period of Unit 1 of KKNPP had started in December 2014. The warranty was typically for one year, which ended in December 2015.
  • However, the final takeover agreement was delayed to ensure the reliability of the plant and equipment as Unit I was the first of a series of six reactors.
  • Earlier, in March 2017, both countries had signed joint protocol on provisional acceptance of Unit 2 of the plant, which marked the start of its commercial operation.

About Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP)

  • KKNPP is the single largest nuclear power station in India. It is situated in Koodankulam in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
  • It is scheduled to have six VVER-1000 reactors with an installed capacity of 6,000 MW of electricity. It has been built in collaboration with Atomstroyexport, the Russian state company and NPCIL.
  • Unit 1 of the plant was synchronised with the southern power grid in October 2013 and is generating electricity to its warranted limit of 1000 MW.
  • Unit 2 with capacity 1,000 MW had achieved first criticality in July 2016. It was grid-connected in August 2016 and its commercial operation started in October 2016.
  • The ground-breaking ceremony for construction of units 3 & 4 was performed in February 2016. The power generated from the plant will provide electricity to Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and Karnataka.