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Nuclear Power Corp Of India: India Raises Nuclear Power Capacity By 5%

Published Wednesday, 19th January 2011 01:03 pm - © 2011 Dow Jones

MUMBAI -(Dow Jones)- India has raised its nuclear power generating capacity by 5% to 4,780 megawatts with the commissioning of a 220 MW unit in the southern state of Karnataka, Nuclear Power Corp. Of India said Wednesday.

The fourth 220 MW unit at the Kaiga generating station in Karnataka was connected to the electricity grid Wednesday, NPCIL said.

The unit raises the capacity of the Kaiga station to 880 MW and takes the total number of India's operational reactors to 20, the state-run nuclear power producer said.

The latest unit will be fueled by uranium produced within the country and supply electricity to the country's southern provinces.

NPCIL, which is the only company allowed to operate nuclear power plants in India, said it now generates more than 95 million kilowatt hours of electricity per day, a 100% increase from a year earlier.

-By Eric Yep, Dow Jones Newswires; 91-22-6145-6110;

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