TIRUNELVELI: Power production at Unit-I of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) reached its full capacity of 1,000 MW on Tuesday.
Power generation at the plant has been marred by breakdowns in the recent past, including one as recently as February 4, when the unit was shut down following a steam leak in the feed water system in the turbine building.
However, commercial production resumed on February 22 following a string of failures and was progressing steadily. At a recent press meet, KKNPP officials had informed that the unit is producing 960 MW of power. As expected, the power production reached the target of 1,000 MW on Tuesday.
This is the third time that the unit has achieved its power production target. Previously, the target was reached once in June 2014 and again in December, 2014.
KKNPP houses two units with 1,000 MW power production capacity and preparations to get units III and IV up and running have already commenced. The fuel loading process in the second unit is expected to commence towards the end of April.