Nuclear Power Corporation (NPCIL) first indigenous 700 MW Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor at Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP) at Tapi in Gujarat is expected to be commissioned in 2015.
About 70 per cent of excavation of the site of KAPP Unit-3 has been completed and the first 'pour of concrete' (for laying the foundation) will take place in June this year, Executive Director, Corporate Planning S Thakur announced. The reactor will be commissioned in five years.
Work on the second 700 MW plant in KAPP will begin after six months. In December 2009, NPCIL had awarded a Rs 844 crore contract to Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for building the reactors of both Unit 3 & 4 of KAPP. The scope of work involves construction of reactor building, auxiliary buildings, waste management and Exhaust Ventilation building, Heavy Water upgrading plant, fabrication & erection of structural steel works involving civil, structural and architectural works to be completed in 49 months.
NPCIL is also working on two more units of 700 MW Rawatbhata Atomic Power Project (RAPP) in Rajasthan and the first unit (RAPP-7) is expected to be operational in 2016. KAPP is already operating two units of 220 MW plants, which feeds the Western grid while RAPP has six such units connected to the Northern grid.
Meanwhile, the first unit of the 2,000 MW Kudankulam nuclear power project has achieved a major milestone--the loading of dummy fuel assemblies into the first VVER-1000 Russian made light water reactor's core to assess its performance before the actual uranium fuel is used. NPCIL is building the two light water nuclear units of 1,000 MW each in Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district, with the equipment being supplied by Russia. The first unit is expected to go critical in September 2010 and the other one six months later.
NPCIL & Atomstroy Export of Russia had inked a deal to build two more civil nuclear reactors of 1,000 MW each at Kudankulam. A total of 12 Russian reactors are expected to come up in India, of which six would be built between 2012 and 2017.