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Kakrapar N-plant leak: None exposed to leakage

12 Mar 2016 | By Ramya

Kakrapar Nuclear-plant was shut following a leakage in the reactor's heat removal system.

Surat's Collector, Rajendra Kumar said that experts from BARC and Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad would supervise the plant.

He added that nobody was exposed to the leakage, and everything was under control.

Department of Atomic Energy stated that the heavy water had leaked in unit-I, shutting down the reactor automatically.

In context: India's indigenous nuclear power plant

Introduction Kakrapar Nuclear Power Station

The Kakrapar Nuclear Power station is a nuclear plant in Gujarat which consists of two 220 MW PHWRs (Pressurized Water Reactors with heavy water as moderator).

In September 1992, the first reactor unit was commissioned and later in May 1993, the commercial production was started.

The second reactor was commissioned in January 1995 which had later started its production commercially in September 1995.

30 May 2011Radiation leaks in Kakrapar nuclear plant

Authorities of Kakrapar Nuclear plant had confirmed that there was a nuclear radiation leakage due to human error of the control-room staff.

Reportedly, four of the contract workers were exposed to the radiation leakage but, it had no effect on their health.

The plant's director, PK Dutta had stated that the radiation was of a low intensity and didn't affect any.

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11 Mar 2016Kakrapar nuclear power plant shut down

The nuclear power plant in Kakrapar near Surat was shut down after the heavy water leaked in the coolant system of the reactor in unit-I.

Reportedly, a rupture in the pressure tubes of the heat removal system led to harmless radioactive leakage.

The plant's Director stated that unit-I was working at rated power but, had automatically shut down around 9 a.m.

12 Mar 2016Kakrapar N-plant leak: None exposed to leakage