Commercial power generation from 1st plant by March 2011

Commercial power generation from the 1,000 MWe first plant at Koodankulam here will commence by March 2011 and the second one by December next year, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd said today.

Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 23:11 PM IST

Tirunelveli: Commercial power
generation from the 1,000 MWe first plant at Koodankulam here
will commence by March 2011 and the second one by December
next year, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd said today.

Speaking to reporters after inspecting construction
work at the site, NPCIL Chairman S K Jain said construction of
the 1,000 MWe Unit-1 has been completed and commissioning
works are progressing well.

Excavation work for the third and fourth plants would
"definitely" begin this year, he said, adding "there is enough
space to install even four more plants."

On delays in construction, he said they have to move
cautiously. "The dummy fuel loading has been completed. Hot
commissioning of the first unit will be over by Dec 2010."

He said NPCIL, currently producing 3,100 MWe, was
confident of producing 20,000 MWe by 2020.

Jain said the corporation would complete construction
of four 700 MWe power plants in Haryana with indigenous
technology by March 2012. In the 12th Five Year Plan, NPCIL
would construct four pressurised heavy water reactors each of
700 MWe capacity.

He also said 10 light water reactors each of 1,000 Mwe
capacity would be built with US, French and Russian
collaboration, producing electricity at cheaper rate using
nuclear fuel with local technology.

"It would be a blend of local and imported fuel to
reduce production cost," he said.

NPCIL would raise finance by joining hands with
National Thermal Power Corporation and National Aluminium
company, who would be junior partners. NPCIL would have to
raise Rs 2.50 lakh crore for future development without
budgetary support.

Jain said the government would construct two 1,000 Mwe
plants at Haripur in West Bengal, where land has already been
acquired, with Russian collaboration.

PTI