Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa jointly dedicated the Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant to the nation through video conferencing on 10 August, 2016.

While Modi and his team, which included external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, joined the video conferencing from New Delhi, Putin was seated in his office in Moscow and Jayalalithaa was at the state secretariat in Chennai.

Modi said five more units of 1000MW capacity would be set up at Kudankulam.

Kudankulam Unit 1 is a monument to the friendship between India and Russia, Jayalalithaa said and recalled the steps taken by the government to assure the local residents of the safety of the reactor. She also sought the commissioning of Unit 2 soon so as to meet the growing power demands.

The Unit 1 attained criticality in July 2013 but started continuous power generation only in early this year. Till now more than 10,000 million units have been generated from the unit.

First of its kind, the agreement to set up Voda Voda Energo Reactor (VVER) with 1000MW capacity was signed between former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1988. Since then the unit has been in the making to produce power and finally after so many years, the plant load factor has touched 90%, the highest since its commissioning in December 2014.