Two Nuclear Reactors At Kudankulam Attain Full Power Generation Capacity, Sets Record
The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) situated in Tamil Nadu has established a record of producing maximum nuclear power in the nation from a solo station. A power generation mark of 2,000 MW was attained by KNPP after the 2nd Unit attained its complete extent of 1000 MW. The 100 MV potential was already attained by Unit 1 and this is the foremost incident for both Units to achieve their complete generation capacities together.
In a statement, the NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation of India), said, “On December 05, 2017, at 03:30 Hours, jointly the reactors produced 2000 MWe electricity and established a new record of peak nuclear power production in the nation. A Rosatom source said, “Both Units of KKNPP are functioning at its utmost capacity and are generating 1000 MWe individually. With this, the power station became the foremost nuclear plant to produce 2,000 MW power in India.”
On October 22, 2013, Unit 1 was coordinated with the grid. While on July 10, 2016, the Unit 2 reached criticality and was coordinated on August 29 with the electricity grid. Building for Units 4 and 3 are in full swing now whereas indentures for Units 6 and 5 have been signed. NPCIL sources said, “With all these six units functioning jointly, we will produce 6000 MW power in near future.”
So far, the 2 KNPP reactors have produced 20,863 million units of electrical energy since the foremost harmonization with the grid—4784 million units from Unit 2 and 16079 million units from Unit 1. The energy produced from KNPP has assisted to circumvent about 17,083,874 tons of CO2 emissions.
The 2 KKNPP units are water-cooled watermoderated reactor (WER) that lies in the category of the Pressurized Water Reactor and utilizes supplemented uranium oxide fuel to produce electrical energy. The KKNPP reactor units were constructed by NPCIL with the technological collaboration with the Rosatom—a Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation—within the Indo-Russian contract inked in November 1988. KNPP, as per Rosatom, is completely acquiescent with the post-Fukushima safety prerequisites as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency, India and Russia rules.
In total, India has 22 Nuclear Power Units, comprising 2 plants in Kudankulam, holding total potential of 6,780 MW. These power plants jointly, in 206–17, produced 37,674 million units of electrical energy. Taking into account the dedication of India for renewable and clean energy, In May, the union cabinet gave consent to proposals for building more 10 Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors to fulfill the domestic power requirements of India.