Kaiga Atomic Power Station

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Kaiga Generating Station
Kaiga Atomic Power Station is located in Karnataka
Kaiga Atomic Power Station
Location of Kaiga Generating Station in Karnataka
Country India
Coordinates 14°51′55.16″N 74°26′22.71″E / 14.8653222°N 74.4396417°E / 14.8653222; 74.4396417Coordinates: 14°51′55.16″N 74°26′22.71″E / 14.8653222°N 74.4396417°E / 14.8653222; 74.4396417
Construction began 1989
Commission date 16 November 2000
Operator(s) Nuclear Power Corporation of India LTD.
Power generation
Units operational 4 x 220 MW
Annual generation 2,231 GW·h
Nuclear Power Corporation of India

Kaiga generating station is a nuclear power generating station situated at Kaiga, near the river Kali, in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka, India. The plant has been in operation since March 2000 and is operated by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India.

It has four units. The fourth unit went critical on 27 November 2010.[1] The two oldest units comprise the west half of the site and the two newer units are adjoining the east side of the site. All of the four units are small-sized CANDU plants of 220 MW.

Major incidents[edit]

On 13 May 1994, the under-surface of the pre-stressed concrete dome of the reactor unit 1 collapsed during the final stage of construction. It brought down 150 tonnes (330,000 lb) of concrete from a height of 75 metres (246 ft) and injured 14 persons. This incident delayed the completion of the first two units. As per the earlier schedule, the first two units were expected to go critical by June 1996. The construction of the first unit could not be completed before 1999.

Financial problems[edit]

According to Kaiga authorities, the direct loss on account of delay was enormous. The cost of the project was estimated at 7.5 billion (US$110 million). The revised cost amounted to 22.75 billion (US$330 million).


  1. ^ Front Page : Kaiga-4 achieves criticality. The Hindu (28 November 2010). Retrieved on 6 December 2013.

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