Question: Which Indian nuclear power unit has set up a world record of 941 days of continuous operation recently?
(a) Kaiga (Unit-1)
- On 10th December, 2018, Unit-1 of Kaiga Generating Station (KGS) has registered a world record of 941 days of continuous operation.
- Prior to this, the record was held by Heysham-2 Unit-8 (610 MWe AGR) of UK, which had worked for 940 consecutive days.
- This landmark reflects fully matured capabilities of nation in nuclear power generation of PHWR.
- Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant, which has been operating since 2000, is located near the river Kali in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It is being operated by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL). It has four units. The power station currently operates two PHWRs (Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor).
Nuclear Power in India:
- Nuclear power is the fifth-largest source of electricity in India after coal, gas, hydroelectricity and wind power.
- At present, India has 22 nuclear reactors in operation in 7 nuclear power plants .Total installed nuclear power capacity in India is 6780 MW.
- In India, there are seven Atomic Power Stations located in Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
- Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) formed in the year 1983 is a regulatory body for nuclear energy in India.