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Kaiga Atomic Power Station

Kaiga Atomic Power Station is an existing 880 MW nuclear power plant based on Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor by Nuclear Power Corporation of India NPCIL at Kaiga, Karwar District of Karnataka, India.

KGS Unit-2 was the first reactor to be commissioned in September 1999. Unit-1 turned critical in September 2000. Units 3 and 4 were constructed simultaneously. Unit-3 was declared commercial in May 2007 but could be commissioned only in 2009 due to a shortage of uranium fuel. The third unit was stopped because of generator breakage in August 2007. JSC Turboatom and Se plant Electrotyazhmash were awarded a $4.8m contract in December 2007 to repair the unit and supply parts for all the four units.

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Power generated from Kaiga is being supplied to the neighbouring states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, while Karnataka gets a share of 27%.

NDTV reported in 2009 after the the report of rediation, A day after reports of radiation exposure at the Karnataka nuclear plant, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reassured that there was nothing to worry about.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) also said there was no security breach at the nuclear plant. It had called the incident and insider’s job and an act of mischief.

Four people had fallen ill after consuming water contaminated with the radioactive tritium at the Kaiga plant. The cooler was located within the secure premises of reactors 1 and 2.

The contamination was detected during a routine check on the workers for radiation exposure. The urine samples of four employees had high levels of tritium, but within permissible limits. Authorities insist all are safe.

Project Details

Sponsor: Nuclear Power Corporation of India NPCIL
Location: Kaiga, Karwar District, Karnataka
Status: Unit 1-4: 4 x 220 MW
Capacity: 880 MW
Type: Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor