The first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant may start generation by August-end, official sources said.
“We have already conducted several low power experiments since the plant attained criticality and submitted the results to the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. After their clearance we can synchronise it with the grid,” an official of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd said.
He maintained everything was running smoothly and there were no technical snag. “The reactor was shut a few days ago but that was as per plan,” he said.
Initially, the unit will produce 400 MW, which will be gradually increased to 1,000 MW in various phases. The first unit had attained criticality on July 13.
Unit 1 of the plant will increase nuclear power contribution nationally to 5,780 MW. This is India’s first pressurised water reactor belonging to light water reactor category.