India’s Largest Nuclear Reactor In Kudankulam Starts Generating Electricity Commercially

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India’s largest nuclear reactor located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu started creating electricity on a commercial basis early Wednesday, regional media reported.The 1,000-megawatt reactor, which was constructed with help from Russia, is situated...
India’s Largest Nuclear Reactor In Kudankulam Starts Generating Electricity Commercially

India’s largest nuclear reactor located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu started creating electricity on a commercial basis early Wednesday, regional media reported.

The 1,000-megawatt reactor, which was constructed with help from Russia, is situated in Kudankulam, about 432 miles south of the state capital Chennai. For now, the facility is creating electricity only on experimental basis just after its turbine was damaged a few months ago, NDTV, an Indian media outlet reported.

“Yes... We've received the nod from our higher command for commencing the industrial energy generation 12.01 am onwards," The Hindu, an Indian newspaper, quoted a senior official as saying.

According to an official, the unit has been operating at its complete capacity of 1,000 MW over the last ten days, while the commercial production is anticipated to get the reactor far better tariff from the grid, Deccan Chronicle, a nearby newspaper reported.

The building of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant started in March 2002. Though Nuclear Energy Corporation of India Ltd had predicted that the initial unit will be operational in March 2007, the first reactor of the plant attained criticality only in July 2013.

The $1.two billion new reactor is anticipated to deliver electricity to southern Indian states, such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, NDTV reported.

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