The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited has commenced work to construct the 700MW pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR) at the Rajasthan atomic power station (RAPS) in Rajasthan, India.
This is the seventh nuclear reactor to be installed at RAPS which already has six units installed with a combined capacity of 1,180MW.
The new reactor incorporates safety features like passive safety systems and does not require the intervention of the operator to ensure reactor safety under any state of operation.
Construction of the nuclear reactor is expected to be completed by 2016-17.
Upon completion, the 1400 MW capacity of the RAPS will be added to the Northern Electricity Grid, of which 700 MW will be allocated to the state of Rajasthan.