Second unit at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant connected to Southern Grid

Posted on:31 Aug 2016 09:15:48
Second unit at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant connected to Southern Grid
31 August 2016 Current Affairs: The second 1,000 MW capacity reactor of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) was successfully synchronised to the southern power grid. 

This marks the generation of electricity and its supply to the grid by the second reactor of KKNPP. The plant had attained criticality in July 2016. Besides with this synchronisation, the total atomic power generation capacity of Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) crossed 5,000 MW.

The KKNPP is located in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, around 650 km from Chennai. It is built under India-Russian Nuclear agreement of 1988. 

KKNPP is India’s first nuclear power plant to use imported pressurised water reactor (PWR) technology for generation of electricity. It has VVER (Water-Water Energetic Reactor) type light water reactors. 

The reactors were built by the NPCIL and Russia’s Atomstroyexport Company, a subsidiary of Rosatom. The first unit of KKNPP had attained criticality after it began the fission process in July 2013. Subsequently it was connected to the southern grid in October 2013.

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