Another Indian nuclear reactor becomes operational
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010, 23:56
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 4560MW.

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).


First Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010, 23:56

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