Kudankulam 1 is a 1,000MW nuclear reactor which is located within the premises of Kudankulam Atomic Power Project. It is located in Tamil Nadu, India. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the nuclear reactor is currently generating power and is in active status. The construction on the reactor commenced in Mar, 2002. The first power from the reactor was achieved in Oct, 2013. Subsequent to trial runs the reactor finally entered into commercial operation in Dec, 2014. Buy the profile here.

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Kudankulam 1 is a Generation III nuclear reactor developed by Atomstroyexport, the main contractor for the project.

The 1,000MW reactor is owned and operated by Nuclear Power Corporation of India. The company has a stake of 100%.

The PWR reactor generates 6,475.11GWh/annum of electricity. It features 163 fuel assemblies in the core of reactor, the place where fission occurs and energy is released. Safety contol rods that are used to control the fission rate in the reactor are 115 in number.

The reactor consists of 1 steam turbine.

Development status

The reactor construction commenced in Mar, 2002 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in Dec, 2014.

Contractors involved

Atomenergoproekt was selected as an architect engineer for the reactor. The reactor system was supplied by Atomstroyexport. The reactor vessel has been supplied by Atomstroyexport. The material used for the construction of the vessel is Alloyed Steel (15Ch2MFA; 2,5%Cr0.6°Mo0,25%V). The civil works were carried out by Atomstroyexport, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd and Hindustan Construction.

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About Atomstroyexport

Atomstroyexport (ASE) is an engineering company of State Corporation, Rosatom. The company designs and constructs nuclear power facilities. It is an export import company that helps foreign customers in constructing and commissioning nuclear power projects (NPP). ASE also carries out the process of reconstruction of the earlier-built nuclear power plants. In addition, the company also provides specialty services, which include survey, training, design, and engineering services, manufacture and supply of equipment and operation of power plants. ASE utilizes light water reactor installations of VVER type of technology for the construction of NPP. It also participates in the international tenders offering its upgraded NPPs with water moderated water-cooled reactors. The company has presence in Bulgaria, Hungary, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovakia, India, China and Ukraine among others. ASE is headquartered in Moscow, Russia.

This content was updated on 22 April 2024

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