Electricity generation from KNPP's 2nd unit soon

Electricity generation from KNPP's 2nd unit soon

The 1,000 MW plant is expected to start operations in December

Electricity generation from KNPP's 2nd unit soon

With the commercial operation of the first 1,000 MW unit at Kudankulam Nucelar Power Plant (KNPP) expected to start shortly, the power production from the second unit will begin in another three months after completion of hot water trial run.

“The hot water trial run will be done soon in the second unit. After that the power generation starts in another three months,” KNPP site director R S Sundar said. He said start power production at KNPP’s second unit will be a reality this financial year.

The top official also disclosed that the first unit had so far generated 2,624 million units of power, which was supplied to the government at Rs 1.22 per unit.

“There was a possibility of the unit resuming production next week since it has been shut down for annual maintenance, which is nearing completion,” Sundar told mediapersons on the sidelines of the Atomic Science Festival Prize distribution function near KNPP.

He said Atomic Energy Regulatory Commission should give approval for commercial production of power by the first unit. If approval was given for commercial production, power would be sold at Rs 3.50 per unit.

The commercial operation of the country’s first 1,000 MW nuclear power plant at Kudankulam jumped target by a month to August due to some technical formalities.

Earlier, the NPCIL said the first unit would commence commercial operations in July 2014.