Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant

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Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant
Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant is located in Haryana
Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant in Haryana
Country India
Location Gorakhpur Village, Fatehabad district, Haryana
Coordinates 29°26′29″N 75°37′56″E / 29.44139°N 75.63222°E / 29.44139; 75.63222Coordinates: 29°26′29″N 75°37′56″E / 29.44139°N 75.63222°E / 29.44139; 75.63222
Status Proposed
Construction began 2014-15(Planned)
Commission date 2020-21(Planned)
Construction cost 20,594 crore (US$3.21 billion)
Owner(s) Nuclear Power Corporation of India
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PHWR
Power generation
Units planned 4 x 700 MW

The Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant or the Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana (GHAVP) is a proposed nuclear power plant to be built on a 560 hectares (1,400 acres) area west of Gorakhpur Village of Fatehabad district of Haryana.[1][2]

The foundation stone of the 2800 Megawatt nuclear power plant was laid on 13 January 2014. The first phase of the project will have an installed capacity of 1400 MW and is expected to be completed by 2021.[1] The second phase will start after that which will double the capacity to 2800 MW,

History[edit]

One year after laying the foundation stone, there was no reactor construction activity. NPCIL carried out only certain pre-project activities on the land. There were problems with the Environment Court at Kurukshetra and over the possession of 28 acres, as owners of the land refused to accept compensation and to vacate the land. Officials said that the government was suffering a financial loss of Rs 7 to 8 crore per day for the delay of the project.[3]

On May 27, 2015, a police force evicted farmers living on a piece of land acquired by the NPCIL. Houses were razed, crops destroyed, and the farmers belongings and cattle carted away. In 2012, NPCIL acquired over 1,503 acres (608 ha) of land in Gorakhpur, Kajal Heri and Badopal for the setting up of nuclear power plant. The corporation had taken possession of the major part of land, but farmers owning 28 acres had refused the compensation and were not vacating the land.[4]

On March 2016, still only preparatory activities were made.[5]

Design and specification[edit]

The proposed 700 MW PHWR reactors are indigenous and similar to the ones currently under construction in Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPP-3 &4) and Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPP-7 & 8). Also, the reactor size and the design features of 700 MW are similar to that of 540 MWe of Tarapur Atomic Power Station 3 & 4 Units, except that partial boiling of the coolant is up to about 3% (nominal) at the coolant channel exit has been allowed.[1]

Cost and economics[edit]

Being built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, the project is estimated to cost 20,594 Crore as of January 2014.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan sigh Lays Foundation Stone of 2800 MW Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana (Nuclear Power Project)". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Gorakhpur nuclear power plant makes headway. Down To Earth. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  3. ^ Year on, construction yet to begin on Gorakhpur N-plant. The Tribune Trust. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  4. ^ Police evict farmers from land for nuclear plant. The Tribune Trust. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  5. ^ A 1400 Mwe Nuclear Power Project Coming at Gorakhpur in Haryana. EnergyInfraPost. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.