Tarapur Atomic Power Station

Tarapur Atomic Power Station

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Country = India
Utility = Nuclear Power Corporation of India LTD.
Built = 1962
Start = October 28, 1969
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Reactor = 4
Reactor_MW = 1,400
S_Reactor =
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B_Reactor =
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E_Reactor =
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El_Prod = 4,829
for_year = 2006
El_Prod_avg = 2,925
Net_Prod = 71,188
as_of = July 24, 2007

Tarapur Atomic Power Station (320 MW) (T.A.P.S.) is located in Tarapur, Maharashtra (India) and was originally constructed by the American companies Bechtel and GE under a 1963 123 Agreement between India, the United States, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. The new reactor (1080 MW) was constructed by L & T and Gammon India. Both these power stations are operated by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited. The personnel operating the power plant live in a residential complex called T. A. P. S. colony. This residential complex is a fifteen minute drive from Boisar, the nearest railway station. The residential complex was also constructed by Bechtel to house both Indian and American employees. Because, it was the home to American engineers and technicians, the residential complex had a very American small-town look, with neat sidewalks, spacious houses, a club with tennis courts and swimming pool, a commissary etc. While the original American residents have long gone, the colony continues to thrive.

The 320 MW Tarapur nuclear power station houses two 160 MW boiling water reactors (BWRs), the first in Asia, and a recent unit with two 540 MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs). This PHWR-based power station is the largest nuclear power reactor in India. It was built seven months ahead of schedule, at a cost much lower than the original estimate.


* [http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2307/stories/20060421006811800.htm A feat at Tarapur: The twin reactors of the Tarapur Atomic Power Station undergo modernisation, safety upgradation and life extension.]

ee also

*Nuclear power in India
*List of nuclear reactors#India

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