2 KAPP units to be under IAEA safeguards from Dec
Kakrapar: Nuclear Power Corporation
of India Limited (NPCIL) said on Monday that the first 2 units
of indigenous pressurised heavy water reactors of Kakrapar
Atomic Power Project (KAPP) would be put under international
safeguards by the first week of December.
"The 2 operating units of 220 MW each will be placed
under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards by
the first week of December this year," Chairman and Managing
Director of NPCIL, S K Jain told reporters here, after laying
the foundation stone of country`s first indigenous 700 MW --
KAPP 3 unit.
As per the Indo-US deal, India was supposed to place
KAPP units one and two under the international safeguards in
2012 but due to the shortage of fuel to run the plant to full
capacity, NPCIL has rescheduled the process.
"This will enable us to run these two plants to full
capacity using imported uranium either from Russia or
Kazakhstan," he said.
"We will put the units under international safeguard
this year as we want to use imported fuel (Uranium) for
increasing the plant load capacity which is currently under
utilised. This will ensure that 220 MW of power is generated
from both the plants," Jain explained.
Currently, KAPP 1 and 2 are generating only 140 MW of
power each as against its capacity of 220 MW.
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