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Russia delivers nuclear fuel for India's Kudankulam plant

RIA Novosti

26/05/2008 18:39 NEW DELHI, May 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has delivered the first batch of nuclear fuel to India for the country's Kudankulam nuclear power plant, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. said on Monday.

Atomstroyexport, Russia's nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly, has been building two reactors for the Kudankulam plant in the southern province of Tamil Nadu since 2002 in line with a 1988 deal between India and the Soviet Union.

In February this year Russia and India initialed a new agreement to construct four more reactors for the Kudankulam plant.

Russia is obliged to supply nuclear fuel for the reactors and re-export the spent fuel.

Last year Russia proposed that India invest in the construction of a uranium enrichment center in Angarsk, east Siberia.

The nuclear center, part of Moscow's non-proliferation initiative to create a network of enrichment centers under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will be based at a chemical plant in Angarsk. The center, co-founded by Russia and Kazakhstan, will also be responsible for the disposal of nuclear waste.

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