Kudankulam second reactor to go on steam in May

March 06, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:44 am IST - TIRUNELVELI:

This is really good news for the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation as the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project’s second unit is likely to commence power generation in May even as the first unit is generating 715 MWe against its maximum capacity of 1,000 MWe.

During an informal chat with reporters at Anu Vijay Township at Chettikulam in the district on Friday, Site Director, KKNPP, R.S. Sundar, after handing over garbage cleaning autos to 8 village panchayats situated around KKNPP site, said power generation in the first unit had been gradually increased to 715 MWe and the quantum of generation would be increased to take it to the maximum capacity of 1,000 MWe.

The second unit would be ready for power generation in May as enriched uranium fuel loading would be taken up in the near future after getting the approval of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, he said.

As Tangedco would get 562 MWe power whenever the first unit of KKNPP achieves its maximum capacity of 1,000 MWe, the announcement on power generation in the second reactor in May will enthuse power managers considering that the demand would be shooting up in the peak of summer.

Mr. Sundar said excavation of site for the third and the fourth reactors was progressing as planned.

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