• Kalpakkam nuclear power station to be shut for three days due to Vardah

    The atomic power station at Kalpakkam, located 75km from Chennai, has shut down both its units due to cyclone Vardah. They will be back into service in about three days, said Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) station director R Satyanarayana on Tuesday.

    On Monday, both the units were functioning normally till power lines tripped one by one, said a press release, adding: “Yesterday, both the units were operating normally and generating power of 180MW each. On receipt of cyclone warning, all preparatory actions have been taken and the Station Cyclone Protection Committee has been activated to continuously monitor and oversee the arrangements.”

    As the wind speed was very high that is 100km per hour, the 230KV power lines tripped one by one, it said, adding, “as the power evacuation from station was not possible, both the units were brought to safe shut down state. After normalization of all 230KV power lines, the units will be brought back into service in about three days.” Eddie Vanderdoes Authentic Jersey

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