The reactor, which has a generating capacity of 1,000 MW, is now transmitting 245 MW of power to the grid. The unit attained first criticality on July 10, 2016.
The unit will be shut down for a mandatory inspection of the turbine generator after a few days. Power generation will be increased incrementally with inspections and tests at each stage that are expected to take two to three weeks. The 1,000-MW Unit 1 has been operating for 189 days.
The Kudankulam plant will site six Russian-designed reactors that each generate 1,000 MW. Excavation work on units 3 and 4 is underway.
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