New Delhi: August 10th Nuclear fuel loading can finally begin at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu.
The nuclear watch dog and regulator in India, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), has given its permission for fuel loading to begin into the controversial atomic reactor, which is located close to the southern tip of India at Kanyakumari.
About 70 tons of enriched uranium will be slowly loaded into the 1000 MW nuclear plant, which has been built with Russian assistance at a cost of about Rs. 14,000 crore. If all goes well, in several weeks, it can start generating electricity that will be supplied to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry and Karnataka. The twin second unit at Kudankulam will go online soon after the first one becomes operational.