Phases of Growth
Set up with imported technology and what was India's first nuclear power station consisting of 2 Boiling Water Reactors, the Tarapur Atomic Power Station Units 1&2 commenced commercial operation in the year 1969. This was the first nuclear power station in Asia, outside the then Soviet Union. The Tarapur experience helped to gain familiarity with integrating nuclear power reactors with the Indian grid system. Next, in collaboration with Canada, the first Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) were set up in Rajasthan (RAPS-1&2).
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT PHASE
Subsequently, we made it a policy to develop the programme in an indigenous fashion. The entire technology for nuclear power plant, such as, the construction of reactor equipment, steam generators, end shields, instrumentation , controls and the like , were all developed by the Indian industry and different units of DAE.
Having developed the required technology indigenously, efforts were made to standardize it for repetition and duplication at newer sites thereby reaping the benefits of the standardization.
Today, we stand at the helm of affairs with confidence emanating from our long years of experience and expertise, geared to enter the commercial era of nuclear technology.