Kaiga APS sets world record for continuous operation

The 220 MW Unit 1 of the Kaiga Atomic Power Station in Karnataka has set a world record among pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) by running continuously for 895 days. The power plant is operated by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited. The unit stands first among PHWRs and second among all kinds of nuclear reactors in terms of continuous operation. The indigenous reactor powered by domestic fuel has been operating continuously since May 16, 2016. It started commercial operations on November 16, 2000. In a separate development, power generation from the 1,000 MW Unit 2 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu has been suspended as part of planned outage to take up maintenance work. Meanwhile, Russia’s Rosatom has shipped out a moisture separater reheater for Unit 4 (1,000 MW) of the KKNPP.


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