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India to have 3 more nuclear fuel fabrication facilities

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Feb 24, IRNA -- India will establish three facilities to supply fuel to new nuclear power plants it is to build as part of its massive expansion plans.

The first of the three new nuclear fuel complexes would be established at Kota in Rajasthan to supply fuel to four 700 MWe Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) being built at neighbouring Rawatbhata and Kakrapar in Gujarat.

'The Nuclear Fuel Complex at Kota would be ready by 2015-16,' pti reported quoting R N Jayaraj, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad as saying.

The NFC was established in 1971 as a major industrial unit of Department of Atomic Energy to supply nuclear fuel bundles and reactor core components.

Presently, the NFC, Hyderabad fabricates fuel for all the existing 20 nuclear power plants operated by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).

The Kota plant will be a dedicated facility to supply fuel to 700 MWe units at Kakrapar and Rawatbhata.

Of the two other NFCs to be set up in due course, one would supply fuel to ten 700 MWe PHWRs being planned in Haryana, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, while the other would be to meet the fuel requirements of the light water reactors being built with foreign collaboration.

The sites for these two NFCs are yet to be finalised.

The PHWR Fuel Fabrication Facility (PFFF) at Kota will have a capacity to supply fuel upto 500 tonnes per year.

It would also have a Zirconium Fabrication Facility (ZFF) of 65 tonnes per year capacity.

At present, nuclear power contributes 4780 MWe to the country's energy basket and the government has plans to raise this to 63,000 MWe by 2032.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80003921

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