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India nuclear reactor attains 'full capacity'

Published on Jun 7, 2014 7:04 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - The first reactor of India's largest nuclear plant - dogged by protests and multiple delays - reached full capacity for the first time Saturday, an official said.

The Russian-backed Kudankulam plant, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is designed to help meet surging demand for electricity in Asia's third-largest economy where blackouts are frequent.

"It's really an emotional experience for us," said R.S. Sundar, site director of the state-run Nuclear Power Corp of India, according to The Hindu newspaper's website.

Work was completed on the 1,000-megawatt (MW) first unit last year and the second 1,000-MW reactor is expected to be brought into service by mid-2014, despite local protests delaying construction.

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