'Kalpakkam station operations not hit by cyclone'
Chennai: Operations at the Madras Atomic
Power Station (MAPS) at Kalpakkam, 70 km from here in the East
Coast, continued unhindered when the Thane cyclonic storm
crossed Tamil Nadu coast this morning, a top official said.
The storm which crossed the state coast accompanied by
gale winds and high tides did not affect the operations at
MAPS where the two units operated "safely at 150 MWe each
during the cyclonic storm Thane," Station Director K
Ramamurthy said in a statement.
The maximum tide level observed was about 1.5 metres from
mean sea level which was "well within" the estimated storm
surge height of 3.7 metres in the design, he said.
"The units experienced slight variations in condenser
vacuum due to increase in back pressure caused by high tide
and due to ingress of shells and silt. In the last 24 hours,
the maximum wind velocity was 45-50 kmph and the rainfall 96.6
mm," he said.
"As on December 30, MAPS UNIT-2 has completed 305 days of
continuous operations" he added.
The cyclone in the Bay of Bengal crossed the state this
morning claiming six lives and leaving a trail of destruction
in Cuddalore district and in neighbouring Union territory of