The Kaiga nuclear power plant’s Unit 1 has established a new world record for continuous operations for a nuclear power plant, drawing the new line in the sand at 962 straight days of operations, 21 days beyond the previous record, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India said.
The new record was set as the unit was taken off line on Dec. 31, 2018. The previous record of 940 days, held by the Heysham Unit 2 reactor in Britain, was surpassed on Dec. 10 of last year.
Heysham Unit 2 is an advanced gas-cooled reactor, while Kaiga’s reactor is a pressurized heavy water reactor. Both are capable of remaining online during refueling.
Kaiga Unit 1, one of four 220 MWe reactors that the facility in southwestern India, completed its run having generated 5 billion units of electricity at 99.3 percent load capacity. The plant began commercial in 2000.
It is one of three nuclear reactors in India, including Rajasthan units 3 and 5, that have set continuous operation runs of over two years. The plant record for Rajasthan 3 is 777 days, while the record for Rajasthan 5 is 765 days, NPCIL said.
The statement noted that Kaiga 1 was taken offline for inspections and maintenance. The unit’s historic run began on May 13, 2016.
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