AERB clears Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant to go critical

Jul 11 2013, 20:10 IST
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"Power production is likely in 45 days," KNPP Site Director R S Sundar said here. Picture of protesters at Kudankulam by Reuters
SummaryKudankulam now has clearance for the commencement of fission process.

Clearing the decks for attaining criticality for unit-1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) today gave clearance for 'First Approach to Criticality' (FAC).

"FAC is the commencement of the controlled nuclear fission process for the first time and is a step towards the subsequent beginning of power production in a nuclear reactor," AERB Secretary Bhattacharya said in a statement.

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"Several number of low power tests will be carried out in order to verify the conformance of reactor characteristics to the design objectives before granting clearance for the next commissioning stage which is the phase-wise increase in reactor power level," it said.

"Unit-1 of KNPP is a VVER (Russian) reactors located at Kudankulam with an installed electric generating capacity of 1,000 MW and is the first commercial Pressurized Water Reactor-based nuclear power plant in the country", it said.

AERB had earlier granted the final permission for 'Initial Fuel Loading' (IFL) for unit-1 in September last year.

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Reviews were carried out by the specialist groups and the Advisory Committee for Project Safety Review of AERB at the facility in Kudankulam.

Following the clearance, some internal formalities were to be done at the KNPP and power production was likely in a month-and-a-half, a senior KNPP official said.

"We are happy about the clearance. We need to do some internal procedures. "Power production is likely in 45 days," KNPP Site Director R S Sundar said here.

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