Kakrapar Atomic Power Station


Kakrapar Atomic Power Station

Infobox NPP
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Country = India
Utility = Nuclear Power Corporation of India LTD.
Built = 1984
Start = May 6, 1993
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Reactor = 2
Reactor_MW = 440
S_Reactor =
S_Reactor_MW =
B_Reactor =
B_Reactor_MW =
E_Reactor =
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El_Prod = 1,851
for_year = 2006
El_Prod_avg = 2,546
Net_Prod = 31,037
WEBSITE =
as_of = July 24, 2007
The Nuclear power station Kakrapar (also "Kakrapar Atomic power station" or CAPE) is a nuclear power station in India, it lies in the proximity of the city Surat in the Federal State Gujarat. It consists of two 220 MW pressurized water reactors with heavy water as moderator (PHWR). KAPS-1 went critical on 3 September 1992 and began commercial electricity production a few months later on 6 May 1993. KAPS-2 went critical on 8 January 1995 and began commercial production in September 1995. In January 2003 the CANDU Owners Group (COG) distinguished KAPS-1 as the world-wide best PHWR of its class. The construction costs originally were estimated to be 3.8252 billion Rupees, the plant was finally finished at a price of 13.35 billion Rupees to have cost.

Other than the plant there is also a plant for producing heavy water in the area (Kakrapar Heavy Water Upgrade).

Accidents

* 1998 KAPS-1 was switched off because of a leakage in the cooling loop for 66 days.
* 10 March 2004 the (at the time) supply for the control rods were irreparably damaged during maintenance work. In response, poisons were added to the system and the reactor was shut off.
* On 22 August 2006 it was reported by village inhabitants the area around the power station had been penetrated. A search by the police did not result in any finds.

Township

* Kaps has a small township located in a rural setting some odd 80km away from main city surat.
* It is some less then 20 km away from Vyara which is also the headquarters of Tapi district formed in Oct 2007.
* All the amenities are brought in to the no man land, from an Amphitheatre to an all device hospital to a wonderful school that brings in united colors of life in to a center.
* The township has beautiful garden layout landscape, which makes living in the setting an experience to cherish a life time.

See also

* Nuclear power in India

The Township is also one of its kind which ISO 14001 Certified for its lush Green Heritage


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