India’s 1st Indigenous 700 MWe Nuclear Plant Starts In Gujarat; PM Modi congratulates ‘Scientists’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated the scientists and engineers involved in the indigenously developed 700-megawatt electric (Mwe) nuclear plant at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP) in Gujarat on Thursday.

Taking to X, PM Modi wrote;

India achieves another milestone. The largest indigenous 700 Mwe Kakrapar Nuclear Power Plant Unit-3 in Gujarat starts operations at full capacity. Congratulations to our scientist and engineers.”

Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP) Unit 3 commenced commercial operation on June 30, 2023.

NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited) has 9 more reactors under construction with a total capacity of 7500 MW.

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India’s Upcoming Nuclear Plant:

  • NPCIL is currently constructing two 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) at Kakrapar, which also hosts two 220 MW power plants.
  • NPICL also plans to establish 16 700 MW PHWRs across the country and has provided financial and administrative approval for the same.
  • Meanwhile, construction of 700 MW nuclear power plants is underway at Rawatbhata in Rajasthan (RAPS 7 and 8) and at Gorakhpur in Haryana (GHAVP 1 and 2).
  • The government has also authorised the construction of 10 indigenously developed PHWRs in fleet mode at four locations – Gorakhpur in Haryana, Chutka in Madhya Pradesh, Mahi Banswara in Rajasthan and Kaiga in Karnataka.

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