Unit 5 of RAPS became second longest running nuclear reactor of World

Sep 8, 2014 18:18 IST

Unit 5 of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station on 6 September 2014 became the second longest running reactor in the world.

The Unit 5 of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS) is a 220 MW Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR). The power station is in uninterrupted operation from 2 August 2012 and it has been operating at full power with a capacity factor of 105 per cent.

The unit 5 has been in operation for 765 days continuously. It has since then generated around 4258 million units of electricity.

World’s first

Unit 7 of Canada's Pickering nuclear plant holds the world record of running the largest operating plant that ran continuously for 894 days.

There are only 10 reactors in the world that have crossed 500 days of uninterrupted operation.

About the plant

The plant was commissioned in February 2010. It has been running at the capacity of 98.5 per cent and until now generated 8663 million units of electricity.

RAPS Unit 1 was commissioned in August 1965 with a gross capacity of 100 MW.

RAPS have 6 units of which five are in operation.

Work on units 7 and 8 are expected to be in operation by 2017-2018.

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