Karwar (Karnataka): The fourth unit of the Kaiga Generating Station (KGS) — It is India's 20th nuclear power reactor — achieved criticality on Saturday. The new unit would produce 250 MWe of nuclear power, which would be distributed among the southern States. The unit would be synchronised with the southern grid after certain mandatory tests are carried out early next month. Two Light Water reactors (LWRs) of 100 MWe each, at Kudankulam and a prototype fast breeder reactor of 500 MWe at Kalpakkam were at advanced stages of completion.
Srikumar Banerjee, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Kaiga-5 and Kaiga-6 would come up at Kaiga in the next couple of years and the site would be decided by a selection committee of NPCIL. The capacity of the each new unit would be 700 MWe. Two other 700 MWe reactors at Kakrapar in Gujarat and Rawatbhata in Rajasthan are under construction.
The installed nuclear power capacity in the country will increase to 7,280 MW in 2012 and to 10,080 MW by 2017.
“Our target is to reach 20,000 MW by 2020 in the medium term and 63,000 MW by 2032 in the long term, with 700 MW from pressurised heavy water reactors and 1,000 MW from light water reactors,” the statement added.
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