Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCI) has started operations at maximum capacity for the 700MW Kakrapar nuclear power plant Unit-3 in the Indian state of Gujarat, the Hindustan Times has reported.

Although operations at the third unit had started by June’s end, the power plant is said to have been operating at only 90% of its capacity until now.

Considered to be the first indigenously developed nuclear power reactor at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project, it was designed, built, commissioned and will be operated by NPCI, a public sector company under the Department of Atomic Energy.

NPCI is building two 700MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR), including Units 3 and 4 at Kakrapar, where there are two 220MW power plants. Officials say that in July, the fourth unit recorded 97.56% progress.