India’s First Indigenously Developed 700 MW Nuclear Power Reactor at Kakrapar, Gujarat, Begins Commercial Operations

India’s first indigenously developed 700 MW nuclear power reactor at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP) in Gujarat has started commercial operations. The reactor, named KAPP-3, achieved commercial status on June 30, 2023, at 10:00 AM.

  • The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) is constructing two 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) at Kakrapar, along with two 220 MW power plants.
  • NPCIL plans to build sixteen 700 MW PHWRs across the country and has obtained financial and administrative approval for the project.
  • Construction of 700 MW nuclear power plants is also underway at Rawatbhata in Rajasthan (RAPS 7 and 8) and Gorakhpur in Haryana (GHAVP 1 and 2).
  • The Indian government has sanctioned the construction of 10 indigenously developed PHWRs in fleet mode at four different locations: Gorakhpur in Haryana, Chutka in Madhya Pradesh, Mahi Banswara in Rajasthan, and Kaiga in Karnataka.

Q: Where is India’s first indigenously developed 700 MW nuclear power reactor, KAPP-3, located?
a) Rawatbhata, Rajasthan
b) Kakrapar, Gujarat
c) Chutka, Madhya Pradesh
d) Gorakhpur, Haryana

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