KKNPP to start commercial operations in August

Nuclear Power Corporation said the first of two 1,000 MW units of the plant is expected to start operations this year.

Published: 18th May 2012 08:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:26 PM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) Friday announced that the first of the two 1,000 MW units of Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) is expected to start commercial operations this August and the second unit in March 2013.

The announcement on NPCIL's website as to the expected month of commercial operation of the first unit has now eased the mental pressure on people at KKNPP as the government has been saying that the first reactor would start operations in 20 days' time.

For a long time, NPCIL officials had been telling IANS that they could not give any tentative month for the commissioning of the first unit as it would be like pressurising the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) in giving various permissions.

Meanwhile, work on the opening of the first reactor's pressure vessel is progressing at good pace and the dummy fuel is expected to be taken out in a week's time, a senior NPCIL official, who did not want to be identified, told IANS.

Dummy fuel is similar to the real fuel in terms of specifications but without the enriched uranium.

A team of nuclear experts from HRID Ltd, Croatia, will then inspect the reactor pressure vessel and other systems.

According to the NCPIL official, the AERB gives its clearances in stages. After studying the data submitted post removal of the dummy fuel, the AERB would decide on giving its consent for loading the real fuel.

Following that, permission has to be sought to increase the power generation in stages till the full capacity can be reached.

According to officials, while the focus is on commissioning the first reactor, some work is being carried out for completing the second unit construction.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp