As the Indian Parliament began its first session in 2021, it was time for stock taking, including of the nuclear sector.
The expenditure till date on India’s much delayed first pressurised fast breeder reactor (PFBR), being set up at the Madras Atomic Power Station at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu state, has already exceeded the budgeted estimate by over Rs 500 crore (around $69 million), according to the country’s Atomic Energy Minister Jitendra Singh.
The Indian government is currently engaged in techno-commercial discussions with the US-based Westinghouse Electric Company to finalise a project proposal for setting up six nuclear power reactors with a capacity of 1208 MW each at Kovvada in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom subsidiary, the TVEL Fuel Company, has signed the contracts for the manufacture and supply of the main equipment of the power unit with the BREST-OD-300 fast neutron reactor being constructed at the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Seversk, Russia, TVEL announced earlier this week.
Unit 1 of Belarus’ first nuclear power plant, being built with the assistance of the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom, reached nominal capacity for the first time earlier this month, that is, started operating at 100 percent capacity during the pilot operation, according to an official statement.
Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom’s electric power division Rosenergoatom has announced it was Russia’s largest power generating company last year that also marked the 75th anniversary of the Russian nuclear industry.
India’s first fully indigenously built 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR) was synchronised with the grid at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP) in Gujarat state earlier this week, according to an announcement by a senior official.