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Kudankulam nuclear reactor operation date delayed

Commercial operation of a 1,000-MW nuclear reactor in India has been delayed again by a month.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) said in the Daily News & Analysis that the target date was moved from April to May for the new reactor at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. The project is at 99.85 percent complete, the article said.

The first unit attained criticality in July 2013, but has not begun full operations. The following month, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board gave permission to power up to 50 percent of the rated capacity. The regulator then allowed the unit to generate power up to 75 percent capacity, the article said. The NPCIL reportedly applied for permission to increase power levels up to 90 percent.

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