Kota: India’s 19th nuclear power reactor
went into operation tonight at the Rajasthan Atomic Power
Plant near Kota, giving a boost to availability of electricity
in North India.
The indigenous reactor of Rajasthan Atomic Power Project
(RAPP-6) at Rawat Bhata, near Kota, attained its first
criticality at 21:53 hrs today, posting a major milestone in
the project completion process.
Rajasthan Atomic Power Project 5 and 6 comprises of
two Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) of 220MW each.
The first unit, RAPP-5 achieved first syinchronisation
on December 22, 2009 and RAPP- 6, the second unit, an
indigenous nuclear power reactor has now joined the fleet of
18 nuclear power reactors in operation.
With the operation of RAPP 5 and 6, the installed
capacity has risen to 1180MW. The power will be shared by the
beneficiaries of Northern Electricity Grid.
Both Units 5 and 6 of RAPP are using uranium imported
from Russia and are under India-specific safeguards agreement
of International Atomic Energy Agency as per the separation
plan of military and civilian nuclear power plants agreed
under the landmark Indo-US civil nuclear deal.
With the operationalization of RAPP6, the overall
installed capacity of nulcear power in India has gone upto
The reactors have been designed and built by Nuclear
Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), a public sector
undertaking under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).