The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project’s (KNPP) first reactor turbine, which was resynchronised with the southern grid on Monday evening after mandatory tests, was stopped again around Tuesday noon.

Though KKNPP sources said the first reactor’s turbine was stopped shortly after 11.30 a.m. after a “minor malfunction” was detected in the rotary engine, site director R.S. Sundar said there was no technical snag in any part of the reactor or the turbine. “It (the turbine) has been stopped for the mandatory tests after the power generation was stabilised at 250 MWe. It will be started again once the tests are over.”

This is the third time the turbine has been stopped “for mandatory tests” since the first reactor was synchronised with the southern grid on October 22.

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