Components Shipment Bound For Kudandulam 3

Indian news outlets have reported a major shipment from Russia that includes eight moisture separator reheaters and high-pressure heaters that is destined for the Kudandulam 3 nuclear build. The shipment totals more than 1,000 metric tons and was reported July 21 by Indian media.

KudankulamThe shipment will be handled by the port of Toothukudi and then go overland by roads to the construction site.

In the future, that may change, as the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltc. (NPCIL) is upgrading port capabilities closer to the Kudankulam site, which is expected to be ready sometime in 2019.

The moisture separators were constructed by ZiO-Podolsk, a subsidiary of Atomenergomash, which is a division of state-owned nuclear supplier and engineering firm Rosatom, according to Nuclear Engineering International. Their purpose is to remove condensed water that decreases thermal efficiency of the low-pressure turbine, NEI said.

The reheaters weigh about 47 metric tons. The high-pressure heaters provide feedwater heat that lessens the heating demand from the steam generators. These weigh in at 120 metric tons.

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