India’s 20th nuclear reactor synchronized with grid

Country's nuclear power capacity has increased to 4780 MW with 20 reactors in operation


Geetanjali Minhas | January 19, 2011

After completion of mandatory tests and clearances by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), and its first criticality on 27th November 2010, the fourth unit of Kaiga Generating Station (KGS - 4 of 220  MW) was successfully synchronized with the Southern Grid at 01:56 hours on Wednesday.

With the synchronization of KGS-4  to the grid, India’s nuclear power capacity has increased to 4780 MW with 20 reactors in operation. The installed capacity of Kaiga site too has increased to 880 MW making it the third largest after Tarapur (1400 MW) and Rawatbhata (1180 MW).

Fuelled by  indigenous uranium, the unit will supply electricity to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the union territory of  Puducherry.

With Kaiga’s successful synchronization, NPCIL has achieved landmark generation of over 400 MW and over 95 million units a day.



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