NPCIL to conduct trial of first 700MW PHWR in Gujarat

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited is planning to conduct a trial run of the first 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactor being developed at the 1,400 MW Kakrapar atomic power station at Vyara in Gujarat. The trial will be conducted in a phased manner – the hydro test will be conducted in May-June 2017 followed by the hot conditioning of the unit. Criticality for the reactor is scheduled to be achieved by November 2017. The unit is expected to begin commercial operations by early 2018.

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