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India Debuts Largest Domestic Reactor With More Planned

  • State-run NPCIL connects 700-megawatt unit in Gujarat to grid
  • Expected roll-out to add 11.2 GW to India’s nuclear capacity
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India’s success in connecting its largest domestically-built nuclear reactor to the grid is a boost for plans to deploy the technology to help the world’s third-biggest polluter limit emissions, according to the official overseeing the plans.

The 700-megawatt pressurized heavy water reactor of the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station, located in the western state of Gujarat, is the first of 16 planned units that will help balance the grid against growing intermittent renewable generation, according to K.N. Vyas, India’s atomic energy secretary.