Prime Minister Narinder Modi applaud 700 MW Kakrapar Atomic Plant of Gujarat to reach its criticality. Criticality is reaching at normal operating condition.
The Kakrapar Atomic Plant Station produces power from indigenously built reactors and is a major step of Government in promoting Make in India iniciative. The Kakrapar reactor generates 700 Mega Watt of power.
Kakrapar Nuclear Power Plant
In 1993, The Kakrapar Nuclear Power Station start its commercial nuclear power production. In 2015, Nuclear coolant leaks two of its units were shut down. After that, the Nuclear power plant reached partial criticality in 2018.
Nuclear Power Plant in India
After Independence, India has total 22 nuclear power plants. since 1990’s, Russian Federation was the major supplier of Uranium to India. The waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 2008 allowed India to commence International Nuclear Trade. Later India signed Nuclear Energy Technology Cooperation with countries such as US, UK, South Korea and Canada. India has also signed agreements on Uranium supply with Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Argentina.
In 2011, large deposits of Uranium were discovered in Tummlapalle belt in Andhra Pradesh and Bhima basin of Karnataka. Today, India has 44,000 tonnes of natural Uranium reserves. This is one of top 20 uranium reserve discoveries in the world.
Kazakhstan is the largest supplier of Uranium to India providing 5,000 tonnes between 2015 and 2019.
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