Webserver Date: 17-June-2019

KGS-1 breaks the world record, achieves 941 days of continuous operation


KGS-1 world record continuous operation

Kaiga Generating Station, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka


At 0920 hours on December 10, 2018, Unit-1 of KGS achieved a world record feat in continuous operation of nuclear power reactors by clocking 941 days of non-stop run establishing India as the frontrunner in continuous operation among all types of nuclear power reactors. In the course of the record breaking run, Unit-1 of KGS plant operated with a capacity factor of 99.4%.


Kaiga Generating Station has 4 Units producing a total of 880 megawatt electricity. The first and second reactors started commercial operation in the year 2000, and the third and forth reactors in the years 2007 and 2011. All Units of KGS are operated by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited or NPCIL which comes under the aegis of the Department of Atomic Energy.


Currently India has 22 nuclear power reactors with an installed capacity of 6780 megawatt.


In a historic decision to fast-track India’s domestic nuclear power programme, and give a push to country’s nuclear industry, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who is also the Minister in-charge of Atomic Energy, has given its approval for construction of 10 units each of 700 MW of PHWR in fleet mode.


There are 21 reactors under different stage of construction, which includes 4 Units at Kudankulam with Russian collaboration and 1 fast breeder reactor augmenting the total installed capacity to 22,480 MW by 2031-32.


Furthermore, in line with the global commitments to increase the share of clean energy, Union Cabinet has accorded in-principle approval for collaboration with international partners towards constructing more nuclear power plants.


Holding the state-of-the-art safeguards paramount, nuclear power plants are operated in compliance with international standards. The compliance is ensured by India’s regulatory authority, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).


The achievement reflects the strength of indigenous capability to design, construct and operate nuclear powers plants and indicates ability to master high-end technology.