India’s fast breeder reactor project to start by September: Officials

Chennai, June 17 (IANS) With authorities working to complete all tests and ensure regulatory compliances, India’s first indigenously designed 500-MW fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam would start nuclear power generation by September, nuclear power officials said.

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“We are closely working with Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) to complete all tests and ensure regulatory compliances. We hope to start power generation this September,” P. Chellapandi, chairman and managing director, Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI), told IANS.

The project site at Madras Atomic Power Station in Kalpakkam, around 80 km from here, has been undertaken by BHAVINI, the country’s second nuclear power plant operator tasked with operating fast breeder reactors.

“The plant is expected to be commissioned this year. Different processes are expected to be over in one or two months. Thereafter, fuel will have to be loaded into the reactor,” Sekhar Basu, a member of Atomic Energy Commission and director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), told IANS.

The prototype fast breeder reactor will use a blend of plutonium and uranium oxide for fuel, called MOX fuel.

Chellapandi said the unit would be connected to the southern grid and start feeding power to the tune of 30 percent of its total capacity.

According to Basu, also a director at Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), the second 1,000-MW unit at Kudankulam plant is also expected to be commissioned this year.

The NPCIL has set up two 1,000-MW nuclear power plants at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, around 650 km from here.

Both units are supplied by Russian company Rosatom.

The first unit was connected to the southern grid in December 2014 and is now operating at around 60 percent of its capacity.

Basu said the first unit would be refuelled. One third of fuel pins have to be changed every year.

He said the refuelling process is being prolonged since the second unit is yet to go on stream.

According to NPCIL, the second unit at Kudankulam has achieved a physical progress of 98.23 percent as on May 2015.

3 Comments

  1. ALL THE ABOVE PROJECTS WERE INITIATED MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS BACK BY THE UPA GOVERNMENT AND THEY ARE COMMISSIONED AS PER SCHEDULE NOW.

    IT IS JUST LIKE THE CREDIT OF MARS MISSION SENT BY UPA REGIMEN BEING HIJACKED BY MODI WHEN IT REACHED MARS! THEY ARE BASKING IN THE BORROWED GLORY OF THE CONGRESS!

  2. Where exactly is BJP trying to take away credit from UPA ? In fact, there is no reference to any political outfit in this report. This is a celebration of what we have achieved as a country. However, our delusional Pincode Pai keeps dragging himself back to partisan hatred pool and posts embarrassing comments!! I wonder if he does all these seemingly irrational things only to survive in the republic of Kasaragodu.

    • “In fact there is no reference to any political outfit in this report” – claims Duplicate Pai, claiming to be Original of USA! Is he a ‘Red Indian Pai’?

      Dear Original Duplicate Paimaam, have you not seen Modi Comparing the auto-rickshaw charges to ply on the Ahmadabad roads to the unbelievably cheap and most cost effective performance of ‘Mangalayana Travel’, as if during his tenure it was launched by him!

      See every “make in India” adds published by Modi, everyday, displaying every “Made in India” achievement of post independence India, under the Congress, as “Make in India” achievement of Modi, post May 2014; while at the same time condemning Congress for non-development of India.

      The “made in India” items by Congress are shawn as if they are all “make in India” achievements of BJP! Is there a single “Make in India” content in those adds?

      Paimaam, your Modi’s Surrealistic Oratoric Modern Art can not steal the credit, which is rightfully due to the Congress, and you can not hide your non-performance and non-development by releasing adds stealing the rightful credit from the Congress!

      Tell us all, what is the concrete achievements Modi did, except hoodwinking the people by his misused oratorical skills to cover his failures and to fool the people about his failures by shifting the lime light to issues like Yoga, as if Modi is the very incarnation of Patanjali! In fact, Patanjali too weeps like I weep for victory of truth.

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