'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 Puducherry.