The Kudankulam Nuclear Project has begun transmitting electricity into the grid, bringing to fruit the efforts that had started three decades ago. The nuclear plant has been put up with the help of Russia’s Atomstroyexport. Ithas turned out to be a happy occasion as PM Manmohan Singh is currently in Russia negotiating a deal for the supply of two more nuclear reactors. The ‘synchronisation to the grid’ happened at 2-45 a.m. and the 1,000-MW plant was operating at a capacity of 160 MW. Its capacity would be gradually raised to 1,000 MW.
The commissioning of the plant takes India's total nuclear power capacity to 5,780 MW. Tamil Nadu will be the biggest beneficiar as it is entitled to 462 MW of power from each of the two units (the second unit, also of 1,000 MW capacity, is expected to be commissioned in about six months).