Indian reactor connected to the grid
Unit 3 of the Kakrapar nuclear power plant in India's Gujarat state has been connected to the electricity grid. The reactor - the country's first indigenously-designed 700 MWe pressurised heavy water reactor - achieved criticality in July last year.
Kakrapar 3 was synchronised with the grid at 11.37am on 10 January, the Press Trust of India reported.
"A true example of indigenous technology developed and built in India with 15 more such units to follow in fleet mode," Anil Kakodkar, former secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy, was quoted as saying.
In April 2007, the Indian government approved plans for the first four of eight planned 700 MWe PHWR units: Kakrapar units 3 and 4 and Rajasthan units 7 and 8, to be built by Hindustan Construction using indigenous technology. In mid-2009, construction approval was confirmed, and late in 2009 the finance for them was approved.
Bron: World Nuclear News