Russia’s TsKBM has manufactured and shipped the feed pumps for the turbine hall of India's Kudankulam 3 nuclear power plant.
Before being dispatched, the equipment was tested at a special stand. In VVER reactor plants, feed pumps are used to supply feed water to steam generators. Along with the main circulation pumps, they are part of the main equipment of the nuclear power plant and must meet high reliability and safety requirements.
At TsKBM, feed pumps are tested on a computerised bench that simulates the parameters (pressure, temperature, flow rate, etc.) of the reactor plant and detects any deviations in the operation of the equipment under test. Based on the data obtained, design services conclude that the pump can be used at the station.
Kudankulam is being built under a 1988 Russian-Indian agreement which was amended in 1998. The general contractor (in terms of detailed design, equipment supply and technical assistance) is Atomstroyexport, the general designer is Atomenergoproekt.
Atomenergomash is a supplier of key equipment. Kudankulam is one of the largest nuclear power projects in India and is scheduled to have six Russian VVER-1000 reactors. Kudankulam 1 and 2 are in operation, units 3 and 4 are under construction and units 5 and 6 planned with preparatory works in progress.
Photo: Feed pumps dispatched for unit 3 of India’s Kudankulam nuclear plant (Credit: Atomenergomash)