NEW DELHI: In a milestone for India’s nuclear power production, the first indigenously-developed 700 MWe nuclear power reactor at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP) in Gujarat has started operations at full capacity.
Hailing the Kakrapar project, PM Narendra Modi through the social media platform X, said, “India achieves another milestone. The largest indigenous 700 MWe Kakrapar Nuclear Power Plant Unit-3 in Gujarat starts operations at full capacity. Congratulations to our scientists and engineers.”
The reactor at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP) had started commercial operations on June 30 but had been operating at 90% of its capacity till now.
Union home minister Amit Shah also congratulated the scientists and engineers involved in the project. “India’s power acquires a new dimension today as our largest indigenous 700 MWe Kakrapar nuclear power plant unit-3 in Gujarat starts operations at full capacity. It is a firm step towards attaining PM @narendramodi Ji’s vision of self-sufficiency in power production…,” Shah wrote on X.
Public sector undertaking Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) is building two 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) at Kakrapar, which is also home to two 220 MW power plants. Various commissioning activities were under way at KAPP 4, which had achieved 97.56% progress by July, according to officials.
NPCIL plans to build 16 700 MW PHWRs across the country and has granted financial and administrative sanctions for the same.
Construction of 700 MW nuclear power plants is going on at Rawatbhata, Rajasthan (RAPS 7 and 8), and at Gorakhpur in Haryana (GHAVP 1 and 2). The government has sanctioned the building of 10 indigenously developed PHWRs in fleet mode at four locations — Gorakhpur in Haryana, Chutka in MP, Mahi Banswara in Rajasthan and Kaiga in Karnataka.
India now has 23 nuclear reactors in operation in eight nuclear power plants, with a total installed capacity of 7,480 MW. Twelver more reactors are under construction at various stages, connected to the grid, totalling to 9,400 MW.

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