The first unit of Kakrapara Atomic Power Plant 700MWe Indian Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (IPHWR) was synchronized with the grid on 11:37 hours on 10th January 2021. Earlier the reactor attained criticality on 22nd July 2020. This is the largest size indigenously designed PHWR reactor connected to the grid.
The Government of India has already approved the construction of 10 such reactor units across the country, to strengthen India’s capability to develop and operate its own design of 700 MWe PHWR fleet with state-of-art technology meeting the highest standards of safety. Department of Atomic Energy’s emphasizes on “Make in India” together with scientific and technological excellence. India is globally acclaimed for its experience with building and operating PHWR reactors over the last forty years.
The Cabinet’s decision of 10 indigenous reactor reflects the Government’s commitment to low-carbon energy strategy and to ensure long-term base load requirement for the nation’s industrialization. Additionally, the entire project is expected to generate more than 33,000 jobs in direct and indirect employment.
This was a very proud moment for entire India and especially for India’s nuclear scientific community and industry. Kudos to NPCIL, DAE and all those contributed towards achieving this milestone!