A little after midnight on Wednesday, India's largest nuclear reactor at Kudankulam started generating electricity on a commercial basis.
The unit one of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, which was operating from December 7, has so far generated 335 crores of units and. From December 10, it has been generating 1000 MWe . 1000 MWe means per day 2.4 crore units are generated.
Of the 1000 Mega Watt electricity generated in the first unit, 562 will be given to Tamil Nadu, 221 MW to Karnataka, 133 MW to Kerala, 33 MW to Puducherry, as per the allocation as per the ministry of power.
"The unit is operating at 1000 Mwe from December 10," RS Sundar, the site director, told HT.
So far the cumulative number of hours the turbine generator is in service is 5266 hours.
The project which started in 2002 at a cost of around 17,000 crores had been inordinately delayed because of the protest made by activists and some other technical reasons.
The second 1000 MW unit at Kudankulam is likely to start in 2015.