Third unit of Kaiga atomic power plant to go critical by month-end

Commercial production at the third unit of Kaiga Atomic Power Plant in Karwar district of Karnataka, however, will be delayed due to non-arrival of certain critical turbine components from Ukraine, official sources said.

Commercialisation of the 220 MW plant might be delayed by over a month "as the critical turbine components have not arrived from Ukraine," he said.

"We are finding trans-chart difficulties for the last part of the consignment," he said, adding that the Shipping Corporation of India is trying its best to move the consignments to India as soon as possible.

There are some logistic problems since SCI ships do not visit the Ukraine port directly, he added.

Kaiga unit 3 was scheduled to go commercial through Southern grid by March.

NPCIL is planning to set up 16,900 MW of extra nuclear capacity at an investment of Rs101,400 crore during the 11th Plan (2007-2012).