1000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Phase I Shut Down for Re-Fueling Purposes

A senior official recently stated that the KNPP (Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant), which belongs to the NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.), has been shut down for the purpose of re-fueling.

The entire Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant has not been shut down. Only the first unit that has the generation capacity of 1000 Megawatts has been closed. A senior official also stated that this nuclear power plant is likely to remain closed for a period of 2 months.

Kudankulam is located in the district of Tirunelveli at a distance of nearly 650 kilometers from the city of Chennai. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. is the owner of the 2 nuclear power plants, each having a generation capacity of 1000 Megawatts. The construction of both these plants has been carried out with the help of Russian-made equipment.

The news was received from the site director, H.N Sahu of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant who informed the IANS over the phone that the first generation unit of 1000 Megawatts capacity had been shut down from Thursday at 3.38 am for the purposes of re-fueling. He also informed that the plant is likely to remain shut for approximately 70 days.

The officials have also said that in order to ensure that the nuclear power plant works and functions smoothly without any glitches, the team working in the nuclear power plant will carry out replacements of the parts. Each year, one-third of the 163 assemblies of fuel reactor (that is 54 assemblies) will be checked and replaced with new ones so that the life of the reactor increases and it yields desired results.

The refueling cycle that has commenced is the second time the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is getting refueled. The site director, H.N. Sahu has also said that the 2nd unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant at the moment is generating power with full capacity. Other power plants, which work under the NPCIL, are also under the maintenance phase.

MAPS (Madras Atomic Power Station), which also belongs to Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., has also shut down in order to carry out the maintenance of the power station. Only the first unit of the Madras Atomic Power Station that has a capacity of about 220 Megawatts has been closed.

The officials have said that the operations in this unit are likely to begin from 27th April, 2017.

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