NPCIL Current Affairs - 2019

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Malware detected in NPCIL system, isolated

As per Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), a malware was identified in state-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) system at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP), Tamil Nadu. The matter was conveyed to the DAE by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) on 4 September 2019 and was immediately investigated by DAE specialists.

Key Highlights

The identification of malware in NPCIL system was correct but the affected system was not connected to plant system. Thus NPCIL plant systems are not affected and networks are being continuously monitored.

The DAE specialists’ investigation revealed that infected PC belonged to a user who was connected in internet connected network used for administrative purposes and it is isolated from critical internal network of NPCIL system. The networks are now being continuously monitored. Investigation also confirmed that plant systems are not affected.

About Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP)

It is located 650km south of Chennai, in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. It is being developed by Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL). The NPCIL works under the DAE, which in turn comes under purview of prime minister’s office (PMO).

Kudankulam is one of the leading operational nuclear plants of India. Atomstroyexport, is the supplier of equipment and fuels for the nuclear power project. It is a subsidiary of Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation Rosatom.

Its unit-1 and unit-2 are already operational and connected to grid while Unit-3 and unit-4 are being constructed with help of Russia and preparatory work for construction of unit-5 and unit-6 is under process. At present India has 22 nuclear reactors in operation in 7 nuclear plants, having a total installed capacity of 6,780 MW and has another 21 reactors in various stages of construction and development.

Kaiga Atomic Power Station creates world record for continuous operation for 941 days

The Kaiga Atomic Power Station of Karnataka has created a new world record, with one of its units functioning continuously without any interruption for more than 940 days.  The previous world record was held by Unit 2 of Heysham of the United Kingdom. It operated without any interruption for 940 days.

About Kaiga Atomic Power Station:

  • Kaiga Atomic Power Station is a nuclear power generating station located at Kaiga in Karnataka, India.
  • It is operated by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India.
  • The power plant has been functioning since March 2000.
  • The Kaiga power plant has four units of 220 MW each.
  • The total power generating capacity of Kaiga power plant is 880 MW
  • It is the third largest nuclear power plant in India.  Tarapur (1400 MW) of Maharashtra is the largest and Rawatbhata (1180 MW) of Rajatshan is the second largest power plant in India.
  • It supplies electricity to Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

The same unit of Kiaga Power plant had set a world record in October 2018 when it functioned non-stop for 894 days. The record set by Kaiga power plant is a record for all kinds of units in the world which generate nuclear power, including advanced gas-based reactors.