Commissioning of KNPP's Unit I in full swing
Sreekumar Banerjee, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), said that work on commissioning the first unit of Kudankulam nuclear power project (KNPP) is in full swing and once commissioned, the second one will commence operations in around six months. According to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), 99.2 per cent work has been done at Unit I and 94.6 per cent work is over in Unit II and both are capable of producing 1,000 MW each. In response to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s repeated demand for 100 per cent allocation of power from the project, both AEC chief Sreekumar Banerjee and NPCIL chairman SK Jain said that they would recommend an increase in Tamil Nadu’s share of power from the project. Under the current power sharing plan, from the 2,000 MW produced by the first two units at Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu will get 925 MW, Karnataka 442 MW, Kerala 266 MW and Pondicherry 67 MW. Banerjee said that Tamil Nadu could be allotted more from the surplus 300 MW.