Chennai: Problems with valves in the first unit at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) has delayed the synchronisation of the unit with the grid, officials said.
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), India’s atomic power plant operator, is setting up two 1,000MW Russian reactors at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district, around 650km from here. After several years of delay, the first 1,000 MW Russian-made reactor at KNPP and India’s 21st reactor began its nuclear fission process on July 13.
The 1,000MW first unit is expected to be synchronised with the grid in 15-days time, they said.
A senior official of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) said: “The performance of some parts can be checked only when the power generation is increased to certain levels.” “While we have issued clearance for the first unit to generate 50 percent power tests have to be done simultaneously and corrective action are taken.”
He said the systems will be checked while increasing the power levels.“Till the unit gets stabilised at a certain level, power generation will be increased and decreased,” he said. “Two valves inside the condenser in the first unit seems to have got stuck and they were later set right.
“NPCIL officials had to go to the root cause of the problem so that it does not occur again which in turn has taken time,” a source said.