Tarapore nuclear plant to go critical next month
With this, India's total installed capacity of nuclear energy will go up to 3,890 MW from the existing 3,350 MW.india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 18:37 IST
India's second indigenous nuclear power plant at Tarapore is likely to go critical by middle of next month as the fuel bundle loading process was completed on Saturday.
With the criticality of the second 540 MW nuclear reactor at Tarapore, the country's total installed capacity of nuclear energy will go up to 3,890 MW from the existing 3,350 MW of electricity, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd officials said.
"The process of loading 5,096 fuel bundles (392 channels with 13 bundles each) was completed today, which is a major task before proceeding for the criticality," they said.
This will be followed by 'air-hold' and helium leak testing of coolant channels. Then heavy water will be injected into Primary Heat Transport System (PHTS), they added.
After getting clearance up to this stage from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), the engineers will add heavy water into the moderator system of the reactor.
The entire process will take another 8-10 days, which will be followed by a final clearance from AERB, the officials said.