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Friday 3 July 2020

Commercial nuclear power in India now 5,780 MW

New Delhi: The present installed nuclear power capacity in the country in commercial operation is 5780 MW.  With the synchronisation of Kudankulam Unit 2 (KKNPP-2 1,000 MW) to the grid in August, an additional capacity of 1,000 MW has been added.

The unit is presently generating infirm power (non-commercial), and expected to commence commercial operation by the end of this year, which will enhance the present installed nuclear power capacity of 5,780 MW to 6,780 MW.

Further, Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI), a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Atomic Energy, is constructing a Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) of 500 MW capacity at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, which is at an advanced stage of commissioning.

The Units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP 3&4 – 2 x 1,000 MW) had been launched on 15 October when the foundation concrete was placed. These units, KKNPP- 3 and 4, will add a capacity of 1,000 MW each on their progressive completion expected in the financial year 2023-24.

The nuclear power generation during the XIIth Plan period (2012 – 17) is expected to lead to about 180 billion units of electricity.

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Nuclear Power Plant Capacity (MW)
Tarapur Atomic Power Station-1 160
Tarapur Atomic Power Station-2 160
Tarapur Atomic Power Station -3 540
Tarapur Atomic Power Station -4 540
Rajasthan Atomic Power Station -1$ 100
Rajasthan Atomic Power Station -2 200
Rajasthan Atomic Power Station -3 220
Rajasthan Atomic Power Station -4 220
Rajasthan Atomic Power Station -5 220
Rajasthan Atomic Power Station -6 220
Madras Atomic Power Station – 1 220
Madras Atomic Power Station – 2 220
Narora Atomic Power Station -1 220
Narora Atomic Power Station -2 220
Kakrapar Atomic Power Station -1** 220
Kakrapar Atomic Power Station -2** 220
Kaiga Generating Station -1 220
Kaiga Generating Station -2 220
Kaiga Generating Station -3 220
Kaiga Generating Station -4 220
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit -1 1000
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit – 2*

 

1000

$   The unit is under extended shutdown for techno-economic assessment

** These units are under project mode currently for refurbishment work; namely en masse coolant

Channel Replacement (EMCCR)

  • The unit is presently generating infirm power and expected to commence commercial operation by the end of this year

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In a related development, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has incorporated joint venture companies Anushakti Vidhyut Nigam Limited and NPCIL, Indian Oil Nuclear Energy Corporation Limited with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd and Indian Oil Corporation Limited, respectively, for setting up nuclear power plants. Preliminary discussions have been held with ONGC Ltd in this regard.

Exploratory discussions for setting up a joint venture with the Indian Railways to set up nuclear power plants has been held.

The information above was provided by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, through written replies to different questions in Rajya Sabha today.

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