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The Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu will be one of the largest N-power plants in India. 

A small port became operational in Kudankulam on January 14, 2004. This port was established to receive barges carrying over sized light water reactor equipment from ships anchored at a distance of 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi). Until 2004 materials had to be brought in via road from the port of Tuticorin, risking damage during transportation.
In 2008 negotiation on building four additional reactors at the site began. Though the capacity of these reactors has not been declared, it is expected that the capacity of each reactor will be 1000 MW or 1 GW.[6][7] The new reactors would bring the total capacity of the power plant to 9200 MW or 9.2 GW





So lets find out the other reactors of the world that are standing wonders at present and about their histories and operational power outputs:

1. Cattenom Nuclear Power Station, France:


The site consists of 4 Pressurized Water Reactors that were all built between 1979 and 1991 and have an electric output of 1300 MW each. The plant is a relatively modern and large nuclear power station. In 2006 it produced the third most electricity (34 TWh) of the nuclear plants in France behind Gravelines (38.5 TWh) and Paluel (34.9 TWh).
The plant employs about 1200 regular employees and about 1000 more during outage times.
The station received its ISO 14001 certification in 2005, and should have its ISO 9001 andOHSAS 18001 in 2007.


2.Gravelines Nuclear Power Station, France:
The plant houses 6 nuclear reactors. Two entered service in 1980, two in 1981, and two in 1985. The site employs 1680 regular employees. As of the 2nd of August 2010, it became the first nuclear station anywhere in the world to produce over one thousand terawatt-hour of electricity 


3. yonggwang nuclear power plant,korea:
The Yeonggwang nuclear plant was established in 1979 and has reached its full capacity. Now there are six plants. In 2007, plants of Yeonggwang achieved a position of third in the world, ranked by the degree of utilization  Situated in Jeollanam-do province of South Korea, the power plant produces over 5400 megawatts of power.

4.The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, Japan:
The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is located in 170 miles north of Tokyo, Japan. The plant became operational in 1971 but was badly damaged in the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Managed by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the plant was the world's tenth largest nuclear power plant.

5.Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, Canada:
 The plant has eight nuclear plants out of which only six are operational. The Bruce station is the largest nuclear facility in North America and employs over 3800 employees. The current output with 6 of the 8 reactors is 4,640 megawatt. 


6.Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, Japan:
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa is the largest nuclear power generating station in the world. Situated in towns of Kashiwazaki and Kariwa in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, the plant covers 4.2-square-kilometer and is operated by The Tokyo Electric Power Company. The plant was built in 1985 but all seven reactors were operational in 1997. The plant was shut down for 21 months after radioactive leaks were discovered following an earthquake in 2007 

7.Penly Nuclear power station, France:
The plant employs about 670 full time people and is owned and operated by the French company Électricité de France (EDF). Water from the English Channel is used for cooling.
The two PWR units are of the 1330 MWe class. The installed total output is 2764 MW, which means the plant is about average for French nuclear plants. It feeds on average about 18 billion kilowatt-hours per year into the public grid, corresponding to about 80% of the current annual consumption of Normandy. It is about ten kilometres from Dieppe.

8.Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, Ukraine:
Situated in Enerhodar, Ukraine, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station is the largest in Europe and produces over half of the country's nuclear energy. The plant has six VVER pressurized light water nuclear reactors, each generating 1000 MWe. The plant became operational in 1985 and is operated by Energoatom.

9.Ōi Nuclear Power Plant, Japan:
The Oi nuclear power plant is located in Fukui Prefecture, Japan and is operated by Kansai Electric Power Company. The plant is spread across 1.88 square kilometers and has four nuclear reactors which generate over 1000 megawatt of power per hour. 

10.Uljin nuclear power plant, South Korea:
Situated in the Gyeongsangbuk-do province of South Korea, the Uljin nuclear power plant has been built to withstand 6.5 magnitude earthquakes. The plant is fortified by walls to protect it from a 10-meter-high tsunami. There is one 942 MW unit, one 945 MW unit, one 994 MW unit, one 998 MW unit, and two 1,001 MW units. Unit-1 was commissioned in 1988, Unit-2 in 1989, Unit-3 and Unit-4 in 1998, Unit-5 in 2003, and Unit-6 in 2005.


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