Indian reactor enters commercial operation

08 February 2010

The new fifth unit at India's Rajasthan Atomic Power Project (RAPP) entered commercial operation on 4 February, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) announced. The 202 MWe pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR) achieved first criticality on 24 November and was connected to the grid on 22 December. The commissioning of the reactor brings the total number of power reactors in commercial operation in India to 18 with a combined generating capacity of 4340 MWe. The sixth unit at RAPP - also a 202 MWe PHWR - achieved first criticality on 23 January and is currently undergoing statuary tests in preparation of its grid connection and commercial operation. The commissioning of the sixth unit will bring the site’s total installed capacity to 1180 MWe.