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Kudankulam second reactor starts generating 1,000 MWe (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper III)

The second unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project attained its maximum capacity of 1,000 MWe.

About Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (or Koodankulam NPP or KKNPP) is the single largest nuclear power station in India, situated in Koodankulam in the Tirunelveli district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. 

KKNPP is scheduled to have six VVER-1000 reactors built in collaboration with Atomstroyexport, the Russian state company and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), with an installed capaciity of 6, 000 MWe. 
Unit 1 is generating power to its warranted limit of 1000 MWe. The second unit started generated power in July 2016 and now has reached its maximum capacity of 1000 MWe.

The ground-breaking ceremony for construction of units 3 & 4 was performed in February 2016. Work is expected to begin shortly. The cost of units 3 & 4 is twice the cost of units 1 & 2. However, there is delay in start on account of high cost of reactors and issue of liability of suppliers.
 



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