Haryana Nuclear power plant to be one of India’s largest and will have 10 reactors. 150 km from Delhi, it is being built at a cost of 20,594 crore.
North India’s first nuclear power plant is about to be built in Gorakhpur, Haryana, and it’s going to be a biggie! It’s going to be capable of generating 700 MWe of energy, and there will be not one, but two units of pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR) indigenous design. Wow, that’s some serious power!
The construction of this power plant is well underway, and to date, a whopping 4,906 crore rupees have already been spent out of the total allocated funds of 20,594 crore rupees. That’s a lot of money, but it’s worth it if it can fulfill India’s energy needs in times to come. After all, energy is the backbone of modern civilization!
It’s heartening to know that a number of path-breaking decisions have been taken in the last eight years. The Department of Atomic Energy has been given permission for forming joint ventures with PSUs to open up atomic energy plants, which is an “upcoming and promising” sector. This could be a game-changer, and it’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out.
But back to the Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana (GHAVP), as it’s officially known. Construction of the other main plant buildings/structures is progressing well, including the Fire Water Pump House, the Safety Related Pump House, Fuel Oil storage area-1&2, Ventilation stack, overhead tank, Switchyard Control Building, Safety related & Non-safety related Tunnel & Trenches, Retaining walls and Garland Drain. Phew! That’s a lot of buildings and structures!
Ground improvement in Turbine Building-1 & 2, 220 kV Switchyard, and IDCT-1A is completed, and ground improvement in other areas IDCTs, 400kV Switchyard, Emergency makeup water pond and station roads are in progress. The contractors for the IDCT package and Turbine Island Package have also mobilized the site. In short, things are moving along nicely!
All in all, the Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana is an exciting project that could revolutionize the way India generates energy. We can’t wait to see the finished product, but we hope they don’t forget the most important safety feature – a big red button that says “DO NOT PUSH”!