Power Generation Market To 2020: Chennai nuclear plant in India resumes power generation

Power generation at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), which was built with Russian assistance, has restarted after the first unit’s reactor and turbine tripped January 14, said the Power System Operation Corporation Ltd.

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Reportedly, the power generation at the first unit of 1,000 MW KNPP successfully commenced last week.

The atomic power unit touched a peak generation of 658 MW since it was restarted Sunday and the average generation for the day was 168 MW.

India’s atomic power plant operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) is setting up two 1,000 MW Russian reactors at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district, 650 km from Chennai.

The first unit attained criticality, which is the beginning of the fission process, July 2013.

Subsequently it was connected to the southern grid in October 2013.

However, commercial power generation began only December 31, 2014. Since then the unit was generating an average of 940 MW till it tripped Jan 14.

However, an anti-nuclear power activist and who had filed a case against the setting up of the Rs.17,000 crore KNPP, the atomic power company suffers at least Rs.8 crore loss per day of plant outage.

Ever since the first unit at KNPP started commercial generation December 31, 2014 it has been producing around 940 MW per day or around 2.25 crore units per day.

It has also surfaced that the actual per unit commercial tariff for the first unit is still unclear with different officials giving out different figures, ranging from Rs.3.50 per unit to Rs.4 per unit. This has been driving up losses by about 70 percent.

Though, KNPP’s first unit has started commercial power generation, NPCIL curiously still classifies the unit as under construction in its website and not under the head ‘plants under operation’.

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Source: Grand View Research