N-fast Breeder Reactor Fuel Reprocessor by 2019

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    warrior monk Regular Member

    Nov 24, 2014
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    India’s first fast breeder reactor fuel reprocessing (FRFCF) plant will be ready by 2019, according to P R Vasudeva Rao, director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR).

    The target date was initially set as 2017 but the FRFCF got the nod from Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board only in February 2014. “It will take nearly five years from the date of clearance to build the facility, built at a cost of Rs 9,600 crore, and we believe it will be ready by 2019,” said Rao.

    “We will be spending Rs500 crore this year and the foundation will be laid within the next few months,” he said.

    India has several nuclear reprocessing plants which supply fuel for thermal plants, but this will be the only facility that will reprocess fuel for fast breeder reactors on a large scale.

    “It will initially recycle the fuel from PFBR, including fuel fabrication and assembly, reprocessing and waste management. Later, it will cater to the two fast breeder reactors which are being set up in Kalpakkam,” said Rao.

    These fast breeder reactors would be more advanced than the prototype fast breeder reactor and would be generating 600 MW of power. FRFCF was designed by IGCAR, Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai. Tests were carried out on the pilot plant called CORAL (Compact Reprocessing of Advanced fuels in Lead shielded cells, formerly known as the Lead Mini Cell (LMC) and India learnt reprocessing of fuel for PFBR in the last 10 to 15 years.


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