Unit 1 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant dedicated to nation

Aug 11, 2016 08:13 IST

Kudankulam Nuclear Power PlantPrime Minister Narendra Modi, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on 10 August 2016 dedicated Unit 1 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant to the nation.

Besides, PM Modi announced that five more reactors of 1000 megawatt each will come up in the same location.

About Unit 1 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant

The reactors are being built jointly by Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Atomstroyexport company, a subsidiary of Rosatom (the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex).

The power plant is updated with most modern Russian technologies.

The first reactor of the plant attained criticality on 13 July 2013 at 11:05 P.M.

KKNPP was first synchronised to grid at 2:45 A.M. on 22 October 2013. Power generation from first nuclear reactor started on the same day.

Unit 1 was operating at 73% capacity by April 2014.

Unit 1 attained its maximum capacity of 1000 MWe at 1:20 P.M. on 7 June 2014.

It started commercial operation from 31 December 2014.

Almost 85 per cent of the funding of the project has come from the State loan of the Russian Federation.

Background

The Government of India signed a contract with the Soviet Union to build the plant in 1988.

However, the construction started only in 1997 due to the political and economic upheaval in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The construction of the first two units was later halted in September 2011 following protests by villagers around the plant.

Work at the plant finally resumed in March 2012.

The allocation from KKNPP-1&2 (2000 MW) include Tamil Nadu (925 MW), Karnataka (442 MW), Kerala (266 MW), Puducherry (67 MW) and 300 MW remains unallocated.

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