South India’s key power plants moving in opposite directions


South India’s key power plants moving in opposite directions

Two nuclear power plants in South India — the Kaiga plant in Karnataka and the controversial Kudankulam plant in Tamil Nadu — paint a remarkable picture of contrasts. While the former has created a record for longest continuous run, the latter’s operation is marred by frequent outages.

The 220 MW Unit-I of Kaiga’s indigenously designed pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR) recently set a world record by continuously running for 962 days, while two 1,000 MW units of Kudankulam have been facing frequent long outages since 2017, leaving power managers of the state clueless about meeting power demand.

Unit-I remained shut for 158 days in 2018 and 209 days in 2017, while Unit-II was off for 209 and 229 days respectively. Read More

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