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Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd has announced that Kakrapar 4 was connected to the grid on 20 February. The 700 MWe unit reached first criticality on 17 December.

Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-s-newest-nuclear-unit-connected-to-grid

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's formal dedication to the nation of Kakrapar units 3 and 4 - the first Indian-designed 700 MWe pressurised heavy water reactors - took place days after reports that the Indian government is in talks with several private firms to invest in the country's nuclear sector.

Date: Saturday, 24 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-to-seek-nuclear-investors-as-Kakrapar-plants

An extension to the 2008 intergovernmental agreement between India and Russia on the construction of stages II and III of the Kudankulam NPP in the southern state of Tamil Nadu was signed recently during a two-day visit to India by Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev.

Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsindia-and-russia-strengthen-nuclear-cooperation-11512634

India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has grantedpermission for the first approach to criticality of unit 4 at the Kakrapar NPP in Gujarat based on satisfactory outcome of the requisite safety reviews. Kakrapar 4 is the second unit of the indigenous designed and built 700 MWe pressurised heavy water NPPs being constructed in India. This first step will be followed by a series of identified experiments, as part of its commissioning, AERB said. The first 700 MWe unit, KAPP-3 at the same site achieved first criticality in July 2020 and began operating at full power in August 2023. AERB gave permission for the start of fuel loading at Kakrapar 4 in October.

Date: Wednesday, 20 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspermission-granted-for-criticality-of-indias-kakrapar-4-11383513

Indian NPP operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has begun loading fuel at the second 700 MWe unit at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant (KAPP) in Gujarat (KAPP 4). NPCIL said the Initial Fuel Loading began after getting clearance from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

Date: Thursday, 26 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfuel-loading-begins-at-kakrapars-second-unit-11242885

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd started loading the first fuel into the core of the pressurised heavy water reactor unit on 20 October, after receiving permission from India's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board.

Date: Tuesday, 24 October 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fuel-loading-begins-at-Kakrapar-4

The Indian government is exploring options for small modular reactors (SMRs), but large-size plants are still the mainstay of the country's plans to expand its nuclear generating capacity, Minister of State Jitendra Singh has told the country's parliament.

Date: Friday, 04 August 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-eyes-SMRs-but-focuses-on-large-reactors

India and France have agreed to strengthen their defence and security partnership following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to France at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. Following extensive discussions, a joint communique noted the strengthening of the strategic partnership between the two countries. Among other things, it “recognised that the promotion of clean and low-carbon energy, the preservation of biodiversity, the protection of the oceans and the fight against pollution were essential aspects of cooperation”.

Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsindia-and-france-strengthen-defence-and-security-partnership-including-nuclear-11018226