Heavy water leakage at Kakrapar, 1 reactor shut

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Ahmedabad | Published: March 12, 2016 1:03:00 AM

One of the two pressurised heavy water reactors of 220 MW each at Kakrapar atomic power station in Surat was shut down at 9 am on Friday...

One of the two pressurised heavy water reactors of 220 MW each at Kakrapar atomic power station in Surat was shut down at 9 am on Friday as an emergency measure after heavy water leakage. Officials of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), which runs the power station, confirmed, “The reactor has shut down safely and no radiation has leaked out.” They added that the workers at the plant are also safe.

In a statement, the plant’s site director Lalit Kumar Jain said, “Unit 1 of the Kakrapar atomic power station, which was operating at its rated power, had to be shut down at about 9 am today (Friday). Consequent to a small leak in the primary heat transport (PHT) system, the reactor was shut down as intended as per design provisions. All safety systems are working as intended. The radioactivity/radiation levels in the plant premises and outside are normal.”

Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission is reported to have confirmed that the nuclear reactor is now slowly cooling down and is in a “safe stage”.

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