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Rawatbhata Atomic Unit (RAPS-5) Creates a New Record
Sep 10, 2014

RAPS-5, the unit-5 of Rawatbhata Rajasthan Site (RR Site) recorded safe reactor operation of 765 days. Thus it has a trailblazing performance that has earned second position globally for the Unit. This prestigious achievement has held the head of Indians very high in the world and particularly among the countries who are champions in the field of Atomic Energy production. It has surpassed the earlier second best continuous operation record of 739 days. During the period of continuous run, since 2 August 2012 up to 6 September, the unit has operated at full power. In all, Indian nuclear power reactors have recorded more than a year of continuous operation on fourteen occasions so far. 

RAPS-5, an indigenously designed Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) of 220 MW is fuelled with natural uranium and moderated and cooled by Heavy water. It was first synchronized to grid on 22 December, 2009 and began its commercial operation on 4 February, 2010.The unit has generated about 8663 million units of electricity to Northern grid since its commercial operation, benefitting Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Uttarakhand. 

RR Site is the harbinger of PHWRs in India. The site also has a special place in the history of Rawatbhata Rajasthan Site hosts eight PHWRs, of which two 700-MW PHWRs are under construction, making RR site India`s first and largest nuclear park in terms of number of reactors hosted at a site. Indian nuclear power programme for being the home to the first and latest PHWRs. Of the 1080 MW capacity in operation currently, about 50 per cent of the power generated at the site is supplied to Rajasthan State.

Only 10 rectors in the world have accomplished uninterrupted production for more than 500 days and of which India has 3 such reactors. The remaining 2 are from Canada and the rest 5 are from USA. 


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