India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) granted a license for the regular operation of Kudankulam 1 nuclear unit and said construction on Unit 2 is complete.
The 1,000-MW Unit 1 is one of two Russian-designed VVER pressurized water reactors built at the site. The unit reached first criticality in July 2013, and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) allowed the reactor to increase generating power in steps and complete specified commissioning tests. AERB granted the license after years of safety reviews and quality assurance checks. AERB said construction of the 1,000-MW Unit 2 was also completed, and the unit is currently undergoing initial commissioning activities.
AERB also said it granted siting consent for four units at the Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana (GHAVP) plant. The plant is a greenfield nuclear project with four, 700-MW-each pressurized heavy water reactors. The design of GHAVP will be a repeat of the design at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project 3 & 4 and Rajasthan Atomic Power Projects 7 & 8.
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