Tarapur Atomic Power Station is an existing 1400 MW nuclear power station operated by state utility Nuclear Power Corporation of India NPCIL at Tarapur, Thane District in Maharashtra, India.
The Boiling water reactors at Tarapur 1 and 2 units are similar to the reactors involved in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The reactors’ age and old design have raised safety concerns and according one local leader, the two reactors have already been in operation for 16 years more than their design lives. The reactors were originally designed for 40 years at full capacity i.e. 210 MWe. But due to technical problems in the reactor that arose later on, the capacity had to be reduced to 160 MWe. Hence according to the experts and officials of the plant, their corrected life for unit 1 and 2 is around 23 and 24 years respectively as of March 2012.
|Unit||Reactor Type||Capacity(MWe)||Date of Commercial Operation|
|1||Boiling Water Reactor(BWR)||160||October 28, 1969|
|2||Boiling Water Reactor(BWR)||160||October 28, 1969|
|3||Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor(PHWR)||540||August 18, 2006|
|4||Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor(PHWR)||540||September 12, 2005|
Sponsor: Nuclear Power Corporation of India NPCIL
Location: Tarapur, Thane District, Maharashtra
Status: Unit 1-2: 2 x 160 MW, Unit 3-4: 2 x 540 MW
Capacity: 1400 MW
Type: Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor, Boiling Water Reactor.