ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Koodankulam's Untameable Atomic Reactor

Tickling the Dragon’s Tail Again?

A 1,000 MWe pressurised water reactor failed four times in the final commissioning test. Numerous emergency shutdowns and four maintenance outages have kept the reactor off-grid for days on end, and it has supplied far less electricity than it was supposed to. Yet, plans to import a dozen more reactors of the same vintage from the same vendor are in progress.

We are very grateful to the anonymous peer reviewer for valuable comments. V T Padmanabhan fondly remembers R Ramesh, V Pugal, J Makolil, Raminder Kaur and K Sahadevan, colleagues in the Koodankulam Risk Audit Group.


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