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India offers small, mid-sized n-reactors for sale

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  1. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    MUMBAI: India is poised to become a global player in the nuclear industry business by offering a variety of options to countries requiring cost-competitive and proven technology like pressurized heavy water reactors (PWHR), a top official said Wednesday.

    Addressing the 54th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna Wednesday, Atomic Energy Commission chairman Srikumar Banerjee said that the Indian PHWRs offer a basket of options for countries looking for cost-competitive and proven technologies in small and mid-sized reactors.

    Accordingly, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) is ready to offer PHWRs of 220 MWe or 540 MWe capacity for exports.

    "Indian industry is not only poised to make a bigger contribution to India's own nuclear programme, but also is on the way to becoming a competitive supplier in the global market with regard to special steels, large-sized forgings, control instruments, software, other nuclear components and services," Banerjee said.

    In this context, he mentioned that India is in the process of setting up a Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership, which would provide a forum for joint work with international partners in areas of topical interest.

    Banerjee added that the government had granted in-principle approval to five energy parks at five coastal sites in India.

    "Each such park would be populated with a number of water-cooled reactors to be constructed through international co-operation," he said.

    These would enable India expand its installed nuclear power capacity to about 60GWe by 2032, even as the global nuclear power generation is expected to touch 500 GWe by 2030.

    "International cooperation will not only provide an additionality to India's own programme in meeting immediate requirements but also fill up the energy deficit in the coming decades through the operation of the closed fuel cycle," said Banerjee, who is the secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy and head of the Indian delegation at Vienna.

    He pointed out that the global nuclear renaissance has been largely the result of maor investments by industry over the decades to enhance the safety aspects of nuclear energy
    Recently, the Indian parliament passed the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill that which would go a long way in boosting public confidence and creating a predictable environment in which leading vendors can participate in India's nuclear programme, Banerjee said.

    India offers small, mid-sized n-reactors for sale - The Economic Times
     
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    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    How many countries can buy it?? Moreover I am really waiting for our Thorium Reactors :smokin:
     
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    India setting up Integrated Nuclear Recycle Plant: Banerjee

    MUMBAI: India on Wednesday announced that it had commenced engineering activities for setting up facilities for reprocessing spent fuel and management of waste generated by its atomic power plants.

    "Recently, India has commenced engineering activities for setting up of an Integrated Nuclear Recycle Plant with facilities for both reprocessing of spent fuel and waste management," Srikumar Banerjee, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, said.

    He was addressing the 54th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. Setting up adequate reprocessing capability has been an important element of India's closed fuel cycle based programme, he said. Banerjee also noted that Parliament had recently passed the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill which will go a long way in creating a predictable environment in which leading vendors can participate in India's nuclear programme.

    He also told the gathering that the 500 MW Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor was at an advanced stage of construction.

    "The spent mixed carbide fuel from the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) with a burn-up of 155 GWd/t was reprocessed in the Compact Reprocessing facility for Advanced fuels in Lead cells (CORAL). Thereafter, the fissile material was re-fabricated as fuel and loaded back into the reactor, thus 'closing' the fast reactor fuel cycle," he said.

    He told the international nuclear community that India was also setting up the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) which will provide a forum for joint work with our international partners in areas of topical interest.

    Banerjee said that based on the already established indigenous technology, India is expanding its uranium enrichment capacity which will meet a part of the requirements of light water reactors.

    After elaborating about the progress in the indigenous programme, Banerjee said, "In-principle approval has been accorded for energy parks at five coastal sites. Each park will be populated with a number of water cooled reactors to be constructed through international cooperation."

    Thus India is poised to expand its installed nuclear power capacity to about 60 GWe by 2032, he said adding international cooperation will not only provide an additionality to India's own programme in meeting immediate requirements but also fill up the energy deficit in the coming decades through the operation of the closed fuel cycle.

    Banerjee said Indian Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) offer a basket of options for countries that are looking for cost competitive and proven technologies in the small and medium size reactors.

    "Indian industry is not only poised to play a bigger contribution to India's own nuclear programme but also is on the way to becoming a competitive supplier in the global market with regard to special steels, large size forgings, control instruments, software, other nuclear components and services," he said.


    India setting up Integrated Nuclear Recycle Plant: Banerjee - The Economic Times
     
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    India ready to sell fast breeder reactors: Raj

    Oct. 12: India on Tuesday declared its intention to sell fast breeder reactors to other countries, making it the first country in the world to propose the sale of such technology.

    “We have reached a stage where we can sell 500 MWe fast breeder reactors to the world,†Baldev Raj, director, Indira Gandhi Centre For Atomic Research told Deccan Chronicle on Tuesday. “Scientifically and technologically, we have mastered the art of FBR building,†he added.

    But he was quick to point out that such a sale could not materialise in the near future because Indian fast breeder reactors do not come under the safety regulations and purview of the International Atomic Energy Agency or the Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation deal.

    Mr Raj, the main brain behind the country’s FBR programme, explained that these unique reactors generate fuel as well as power. “They generate more fuel than they consume. We have incorporated more than three decades of our learning and research into these reactors and they are truly reactors of the future,†he said.

    “One should be able to put on or switch off a reactor whenever one wants to. If you can master that, well, you are the master of reactor building. We envisage FBRs like that,†he explained after addressing delegates at ANUP-2010, Asian Nuclear Prospects-2010, being held at Mahabalipuram.

    The 500 MWe FBR being built at Kalpakkam is fully indigenous. “The past five years have been a learning process for us. Every day and every hour we learnt a lot. These experience and expertise will come handy for us to build the next reactors,†said Mr Raj.

    India ready to sell fast breeder reactors: Raj | Deccan Chronicle | 2010-10-13
     
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