Srinagar: The third power plant in Kakrapar nuclear project, in Gujarat is ready for power generation. It is considered to be a big success, that the indigenously designed and developed nuclear power plant has reached the critical stage. This has placed India, in the elite group of countries that have nuclear technology. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian scientists on the achievement. Whereas, Home Minister Amit Shah said that this is a historic day for the Indian nuclear power sector.
Kakrapar Atomic Power plant-3 (KAPP-3) has reached the stage of commissioning. This is known as the ‘Critical Stage’. This Nuclear power plant with a capacity of 700 megawatts, is the biggest indigenously build the nuclear power plant. Prime Minister Modi said that this is a glaring example of Make in India. The Prime Minister underlined that India has started treading the path to success.
There are two units with a capacity of 220 Megawatts, in the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station, which were commissioned in 1993 and 1995. Now the work for building the third and fourth nuclear power plant has been undertaken. The technology for this powerplant has been developed by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL). KAPP-3 is a three-layered technology based on the Closed Fuel Cycle. Power generation will soon start from this plant. There is a possibility that KAPP-4 also will start soon. This will be a ‘Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor’.
India has set itself a target of 175 Gigawatt of non-conventional energy. The target will be achieved with a combination of solar, wind and nuclear power. The goal is building 12 Nuclear Power plants with a capacity of 9,000 Megawatts around India. The building of 9 Atomic reactors with 6,700 Megawatts capacity is already underway. Jaitapur in Maharashtra, Kowada in Andhra Pradesh, Mithi Virdi in Gujarat, Haripur in West Bengal and Bhimpur in Madhya Pradesh have received in-principle sanctions for nuclear power plants, from the union government.