KNPP power generation touches 900 MW

After resuming power generation at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) unit-1, which was shut down due to turbine problem in September, the electricity production has touched 900 MW against it total capacity of 1,000 MW.

“The power generation in the first unit has reached 929 MW against its installed capacity of 1,000 MW,” a senior official from KKNPP plant said.

Earlier, when the Commercial operations of KKNPP was about to be announced, power production came to an halt at the first atomic power unit at Kudankulam due to a technical snag in the turbine process in September.

According to the official, the unit has been closed for inspection of the turbine and its associated components before putting it for commercial operation. “It (turbine system) was under observation for few weeks after the components were replaced. We started the machine and its health is normal,” he said.

Stating that the initial power production was just 300 MW and gradually increased to 900 MW during the last one week, the official said power generation is expected to reach 1,000 MW in few days.

KKNPP officials also informed that measures are being taken to avoid recurrence of such an event in unit-2, which is presently under commissioning and is also being prepared for hot run.

Sources said that about 90 per cent works were completed in the second unit for starting power production.

The construction works for the third and fourth units, for which India has signed a Rs 33,000-crore deal with Russia recently, has commenced.

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

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