‘Kudankulam first reactor to resume generation very soon’

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project Site Director S.V. Jinna at the Indepedence Day celebration at Anu Vijay Township on Tuesday.HANDOUT;HANDOUT  

The first reactor of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), which is now undergoing scheduled second refuelling cycle after generating 14,148 million units of electricity ever since it was connected to the Southern Grid in October 2013, will resume power generation within a few days, according to Site Director S.V. Jinna.

Addressing during the Independence Day celebrations held at Anu Vijay Township at Chettikulam on Tuesday, he said scheduled refuelling cycle was going on in the reactor following fuel outage to remove a portion of the spent fuel.

The second unit, the country’s 22nd nuclear power reactor that was synchronised with the grid on August 29, 2016, had attained its maximum capacity of 1,000 MW on January 21, 2017. On March 31, the unit entered the ‘commercial phase’ and it had so far generated 4,610 million units of nuclear power. The reactor had raised the country’s contribution of nuclear power to 6,780 MWe.

“With two units in operation, the KKNPP set a new record of producing 1,820 MW electricity on a single day on March 31,” Mr. Jinna noted. ‘The first pouring of concrete’ for the third and the fourth reactors was done on June 29. Now, construction of reactor, turbine and other auxiliary buildings for Units 3 and 4 was under way in a full-fledged manner.

With financial sanction for the KKNPP’s Units 5 and 6, preliminary soil investigation work was in progress, he said.

The Site Director said under Neighbourhood Development Programme, about Rs. 172 crore had been released to develop infrastructure in nearby villages. Similarly, Rs. 225 crore had been transferred to build houses for the homeless poor in the neighbourhood.

As many as 2,738 of the 10,000 houses proposed under the scheme had been constructed, he said.

Under Corporate Social Responsibility, the KKNPP had executed about 300 projects at a total cost of Rs. 14.15 crore. Construction of school buildings, kitchen sheds for preparing mid day meal to schoolchildren, provision of clean drinking water facility, LED street lights were some of the other projects under the CSR.

“Public Awareness Team of the KKNPP is taking efforts to dispel apprehensions of the general public about nuclear power. The team had so far reached out to about six lakh people,” Mr. Jinna added.