Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant to restart generation

Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister P Thangamani demanded to allot the 2,000MW of power that would be generated from units 3 and 4 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) to the state. The official called on Union Minister of State in Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy R K Singh in Delhi and discussed about various power projects going on in the State.

During his brief interaction, he requested Singh to expedite the Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project and also allot 2,000 MW of power that would be generated from the third and fourth units of Indo-Russian joint venture Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, an official release said.

The construction work of units three and four of KKNPP commenced on June 29 with the ceremonial pouring of concrete. A total of six 1,000 MW units are planned at Kudankulam and will be owned by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).

Thangamani requested Singh that an exclusive green corridor so that Tamil Nadu can sell the surplus power generated from the electricity board to other States.

He requested the Union Minister to sanction Rs 17,000 crore as subsidy to strengthen the power infrastructure ensuring adequate supply of power whenever natural calamities occur in the State.

The current installed nuclear power capacity in India comprises of 22 reactors with a total capacity of 6780 MW. The present share of nuclear energy is about 3.2% in the current financial year 2016-17 (up to Feb-2017).

India has accorded ‘in principle’ approval of five sites for locating 28 nuclear power reactors with a total capacity of about 32000 MW.

In addition, there are presently nine reactors under construction with a total capacity of 6700 MW. The Government has also recently accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for twelve reactors with a total capacity of 9000 MW.

Allocation of Power Supply from Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (Source: PIB)

Beneficiary States/Union Territory Power allocated (MW)
Karnataka 442
Tamil Nadu 925

(includes 10% home state entitlement)

Kerala 266
Puducherry 67
Unallocated 300
TOTAL 2000