The State-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has synchronized 220 MW Reactor 3 of Kaiga Atomic Power project (KAPP) to the southern power grid earlier this year. The KAPP-3 will be the seventeenth operating nuclear power station in the country.
The Kaiga nuclear project which is located in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka, India comprises of four units, each of 220 MW, belonging to the pressurized heavy water reactor family. The nuclear power unit is built on pressurized heavy water reactor technology and attained critical status. The plant was then synchronized to the power grid after receiving approval for power generation from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (Mumbai).
The unit was closed down after this process in order to undergo certain mandatory tests. The KAPP-3 has been producing 95 MW of power since its synchronization and is expected to generate electricity at full capacity after the tests are completed. The power station is expected to be ready for commercial operations in the coming month.
Since 2000, the other two reactors at the Kaiga nuclear power plant have been in operation, while the fourth reactor is at an advanced stage of construction. Siddiqui said that the power generation at the unit will be later increased to full power after completion of all tests.
The commercialization of the unit is estimated in a month after completion of mandatory tests. The project will have a total installed power capacity of 4,120 MW. NPCIL, the country’s premier nuclear power development company
has not been victorious with its Kudankulam power projects, whose first 1,000 MW unit is presently estimated to go on line in November 2009, against the planned August 2009. Sources connected with the project and the Central Electricity Authority, however, said that the project is unlikely to come up anytime in 2009.