India’s first domestically built 700 MW nuclear reactor starts commercial operation in Gujarat

Reportedly, India’s first indigenously developed 700 MW nuclear power reactor at the Kakrapar atomic power project (KAPP)-3 in Gujarat has started commercial operations.

Presently, the unit is operating at 90 per cent of its total power. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) is building two 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) at Kakrapar, which is also home to two 220 MW power plants. Various commissioning activities were underway at KAPP 4, which had achieved 96.92 per cent progress by May 2023. NPCIL plans to build sixteen 700 MW PHWRs across the country and has granted financial and administrative sanction for the same.