V.T. Padmanabhan, Paul Dorfman & Anisur Rahman write: The Koodankulam nuclear reactor failed four times in the final commissioning test. Numerous emergency shutdowns and four maintenance outages have kept the reactor off-grid for days, 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. In this article, the authors narrate the history of commissioning the reactor in haste in violation of safety guidelines, its transfer for warranty period operation, and analyse its performance since the synchronisation with the electricity network from 22 October 2013 till 30 April 2016.
Koodankulam’s untameable atomic reactor: Tickling the dragon’s tail again?