KKNPP Director dismisses reports that there was no generation

The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) Site Director R.S. Sundar on Saturday rubbished reports of the power plant not having generated any amount of electricity. He said that the plant produced around 300 million units since October this year.

Stating that certain sections of people were spreading canards of that the power plant did not generate power since it began operations, he said that the data recorded by the Southern Region Load Despatch Centre would reveal the factual scenario.

Of the power generated so far, 54 per cent had gone to Tamil Nadu. The rest had been distributed to Puducherry and the neighbouring States. As of now, KKNPP was producing 400 MWe and generation would be increased to 750 MWe by January, he added.

Addressing the valedictory function of a conference on power and energy systems organised by Velammal College of Engineering and Technology here, he said that the KKNPP was being operated solely by Indian engineers though it was established with Russian assistance.

He said that Tamil Nadu was not the only State to reel under power crisis. A majority of the States in the country, except those like Gujarat and Chattisgarh, were facing a similar crisis. “Even in Gujarat, farmers are provided regulated supply for only eight hours,” he said.

Apart from power availability, its quality was also a matter of concern, he said and pointed out that sale of voltage stabilizers was a thriving business, especially in Tamil Nadu, due to frequent voltage fluctuation in power supplied to households and business establishments.

While shortage of coal and water was an issue with thermal and hydel power plants respectively, poor quality of panels imported from China and lack of acceptance among the public were the impediments in promoting solar and nuclear energy, he added.

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