OMK Belgorod Plant Supplies Pipe to Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant
The Belgorod plant of the United Metallurgical Company OMK’s Belenergomash BZEM LL from 2017 to 2020 manufactured and delivered 4.1 thousand tonnes of pipelines for the reactor compartment of the third and fourth power units of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant under construction in India. The general contractor for the construction is Atomstroyexport JSC. In particular, in 2020, the plant shipped 1.16 thousand tonnes of high-quality pipelines with elements of a support-suspension system. Pipelines with a diameter of 14 to 630 mm were made from carbon and alloy steel grades. Large-diameter pipes are made by electroslag smelting, medium-diameter pipes are forged and drilled. Most of the products supplied by the plant belong to the second and third safety classes. OMK Belgorod plant will continue deliveries for Kudankulam NPP until 2024.
Belenergomash-BZEM LLC Managing Director Mr Alexander Vaschenko said “In 2021, for the reactor compartment of power units No 3 and No.4, we will produce and ship to the customer more than 2 thousand tons of pipelines, including a batch of titanium. In the power industry, titanium is considered the most reliable material for pipelines transporting aggressive media, due to its increased resistance to corrosive processes in comparison with products from less corrosion-resistant metals and alloys. All our products undergo strict quality control at all stages of the technological cycle, are manufactured in accordance with licenses for equipment for nuclear installations and fully comply with the highest domestic and foreign standards.
NPP Kudankulam is the largest nuclear power plant in India. A total of six blocks are under construction, of which two have already been commissioned. OMK's Belgorod plant participates in the construction of all six blocks.