NEW DELHI: India’s nuclear power plants are running out of fuel, shutting down as the country’s first reactor to run out of rods hit a critical point in the power sector’s development.
The NITIs first nuclear power plant, at the Nizamuddin nuclear power complex, was supposed to be completed by early 2018.
However, a year later, it is no longer generating power.
It is one of India’s last remaining nuclear plants, which have become the only nuclear plants operating without a centralised power supply system, or power-purchase agreement.
The nuclear power station is located in the western Indian state of Gujarat and has been operating for almost half a century.
India has about 30 nuclear power reactors, with around 20 of them under construction.
However the country has about 20 plants operating in operation.
A total of 3,895 units are being built.
The latest incident, which occurred on Thursday, saw a nuclear fuel leak, and officials from the Atomic Energy of India Ltd (AEOIL) and the Indian Atomic Energy Regulatory Commission said a total of 14 reactor rods had leaked.AEOILL said that the fuel was stored in tanks, which are designed to withstand water and wind.
The company added that it has detected the fuel leak on the Niyamuddin plant and was assessing the extent of damage.AESAT said that all the power stations are in a critical condition.
AECOM said that it was monitoring the situation, but it has no information on the extent or nature of damage to reactors or their cooling systems.