Commercial operations of KNPP plant delayed

Commercial operations of KNPP plant delayed

The much anticipated commercial operation of country’s first 1,000 MW multi-crore atomic power plant at Kudankulam jumped target by a month, the NPCIL has said.

 Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) sources said on Wednesday that the commercial operation of the first unit which was expected to start in July will now start in August.  “Due to some technical formalities, the commercial operation is likely to start by the end of August this year”, a senior official from NPCIL said.

The second 1,000 MW unit at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) is expected to start commercial operations in December and the physical progress of the project is at 99.93 percent as of June 2014. India’s atomic power plant operator NPCIL is setting up two 1,000 MW Russian reactors at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district at total cost of over Rs 17,000 crore.

The KNPP is India’s first pressurised water reactor belonging to the light water reactor category.

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