Indian nuclear reactor at Kaiga sets world record

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Indian nuclear reactor at Kaiga sets world record
Indian coast guards ride on a boat near the Russian-built Kudankulam Atomic Power Project, background, during a protest at Kudankulam, about 700 kilometers (440 miles) south of Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. Construction of the plant has been delayed by protests in the past year by residents and anti-nuclear groups against the loading of nuclear fuel in the Russian-built reactor and about safety following the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan last year. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar. K)

Chennai The 220 MW atomic power reactor in Unit 1 at Kaiga in Karnataka set a world record among Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) by running continuously for 895 days, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has said.

In a statement NPCIL said the Unit 1 in Kaiga stands first among PHWRs and second in terms of all kinds of nuclear reactors in terms of continuous operation.

The indigenous reactor powered by domestic fuel has been operating continuously since May 16, 2016.

It started commercial operation on November 16, 2000.

According to NPCIL, Indian nuclear reactors have demonstrated continuous operation for long periods exceeding a year 28 times so far.

Three reactors – Kaiga Unit 1 (895 days), Unit 3 at Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS – 777 days) and UnitA at RAPS (765 days)- have operated continuously for more than two years, NPCIL said.