Monday, April 11, 2011
One Unit Of Nuclear Plant Shut Down In India
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) Sunday said it has shut down one reactor unit of Kaiga Generation Station (in Karnataka) as a precautionary measure after a smoke alarm went off.
In its statement, the NPCIL said the step to shut the 220 MW nuclear power plant was taken after a smoke detection alarm went off in the control room of Unit 3 of Kaiga Generation Station at around 4.30 am on Friday. It said no incident has happened. The unit has been shut down as a precautionary measure," said J P Gupta, station director at Kaiga.
The NPCIL said it is would use this opportunity to carry out routine surveillance tests on Unit 3, which were anyway slated to be conducted in May.
"Having the unit in shutdown state, decision is taken to utilise this opportunity and carry out these tests now itself," the NPCIL said.
Kaiga, which is situated in North Kannada district in Karnataka, has four pressurised heavy water reactor units of 220 MW each, using indigenous fuel for generating power.