Kalpakkam nuke plant to be closed down on tsunami fears
New Delhi: Taking precautionary measures in the wake of a tsunami warning issued by Indonesia after a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.9, state-run Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC) has decided to soon shut down the two units each of 220 MW at the Kalpakaam nuclear project, according to a business newspaper.
Kalpakkam plant is situated in seismic zone II.
NPC chairman and managing director SK Jain told the Business Standard: "As the warning came at around 2 pm it will take at least four to six hours to reach tsunami waves to Indian coast. We have been in constant touch with Andaman and Nicobar through hot line.”
He further added, “What we have been told is that waves are of 3 to 6 metres high. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, we will soon shut down Kalpakkam nuclear plant. It will take half an hour or an hour to shut down. Also, we will keep in position additional water supply as well as power generators in place."