Second Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit and Southern Grid Connected [ Current Affairs - Science & Technology ]

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The second unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) of 1,000 MW capacity reactors successfully connected with the southern power grid and with this second reactor of KKNPP electricity will be generates and supplied  to the grid.

  • Previously this plant becomes operational in July 2016 criticality.
  • Along with this the total atomic power generation capacity of Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) will reached at 5,000 MW by this connection.

Key Facts

  • KNPP is a nuclear power station located in Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu around 650 km from Chennai.
  • The construction on the plant began on 31 March 2002 under India-Russian Nuclear agreement of 1988.
  • It is first nuclear power plant of India which use imported pressurized water reactor (PWR) technology for generation of electricity
  • It was constructed at the cost of RS. 17, 270 crore by the NPCIL and Russia’s Atomstroyexport Company, a subsidiary of Rosatom.
  • The first unit would be operational in March 2007, It has capacity of generating 2000 MW with 2 reactors.
  • The first reactor of the plant made criticality on 13 July 2013.
  • The nuclear reactors of the plant have been constructed with Russian expertise.
  • The Unit 1 of the plant was coordinated with the southern power grid in October 2013.
  • The work on third and fourth reactors will be started 2017.
  • The generated power from the plant will provide electricity to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, and Karnataka.
  • It includes VVER (Water-Water Energetic Reactor) type light water reactors.

- Published on: August 31, 2016