First 1,000 MW unit of Kudankulam N-power plant dedicated to nation

Kudankulam N-power plant dedicated to nationCurrent Affairs: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa dedicated the first 1,000 MW unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) to the service of the nation to mark another historic tie-up between India and Russia – strategic partners since the Cold War era.
The KNPP is located in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, around 650 km from Chennai.
About Unit 1 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant
  • The reactors are being built jointly by Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Atomstroyexport company, a subsidiary of Rosatom (the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex).
  • The power plant is updated with most modern Russian technologies.
  • The first reactor of the plant attained criticality on 13 July 2013 at 11:05 P.M.
  • KKNPP was first synchronised to grid at 2:45 A.M. on 22 October 2013. Power generation from first nuclear reactor started on the same day.
  • Unit 1 was operating at 73% capacity by April 2014.
  • Unit 1 attained its maximum capacity of 1000 MWe at 1:20 P.M. on 7 June 2014.
  • It started commercial operation from 31 December 2014.
  • Almost 85 per cent of the funding of the project has come from the State loan of the Russian Federation.

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