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K'kulam touches peak production of 800 mw power

Chennai, DHNS: May 6, 2013 23:58 IST
In a record power generation, the first unit of the multi-crore Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) touched a peak electricity production of more than 800 mw.

According to Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) sources here, the 1,000-mw unit reached a peak power generation of 877 mw on Monday and the average generation for the day was 800 mw.

The NPCIL has obtained permission from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) early this month to increase the KNPP first unit’s power levels above 75 per cent.

KNPP Project Director R S Sundar told Deccan Herald that permission was already sought from AERB to generate 100 per cent power production from the first unit.

He said once the power generation reaches 100 per cent, it will be ready for commercial production. According to him, the power generation in the first unit was about 540 mw. The first unit attained criticality in July 2013, which is the beginning of the fission process.

In August 2013, AERB gave its permission to generate power up to 50 per cent (500 mw) of the rated capacity. Subsequently, the regulator allowed the unit to generate power up to 75 per cent capacity.

Once the unit produces electricity commercially, Tamil Nadu will get more than 50 per cent power from the total output after it is connected to the central grid.

The NPCIL sources further said the commercial operations is expected by the end of May.
India’s atomic power plant operator NPCIL is setting up two Russian nuclear power plants at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district at a cost of more than Rs 17,000 crore.

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