The fourth unit of the Kaiga nuclear power plant in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka was connected to the grid on 19 January, Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) announced.
Kaiga 4 is a 202 MW indigenously-designed pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR), similar to the three units already in operation at the site. The reactor achieved first criticality on 27 November 2010 and is now the country’s 20th operating unit.
Electricity generated by Kaiga 4 will be supplied to the southern Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Pudducherry. The installed capacity at the Kaiga plant has now increased to 880 MW, making it the third largest nuclear power plant in India, after Tarapur (1400 MW) and Rawatbhata (1180 MW).
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