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Indian nuclear reactor at Kaiga breaks operating world record

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 26 Oct 2018 4:21 AM GMT

Indian nuclear reactor at Kaiga breaks operating world record
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Chennai: The 220 MW atomic power reactor in Unit 1 at Kaiga in Karnataka set a world record among Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) by running continuously for 895 days, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has said.

In a statement NPCIL said the Unit 1 in Kaiga stands first among PHWRs and second in terms of all kinds of nuclear reactors in terms of continuous operation.

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The indigenous reactor powered by domestic fuel has been operating continuously since May 16, 2016.

It started commercial operation on November 16, 2000.

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According to NPCIL, Indian nuclear reactors have demonstrated continuous operation for long periods exceeding a year 28 times so far.

Three reactors - Kaiga Unit 1 (895 days), Unit 3 at Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS - 777 days) and UnitA at RAPS (765 days)- have operated continuously for more than two years, NPCIL said.

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