Remote AP village to fuel 25pc of India’s nuke plants

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    Remote AP village to fuel 25pc of India’s nuke plants

    With the Tummalapalle uranium mines becoming operational, Andhra Pradesh will soon supply about 25 per cent of the uranium required by nuclear power plants in the country.

    Tummalapalle village in Kadapa district contains the world’s largest uranium reserves and the uranium mill set up by the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) has started operations.

    To begin with, the Tummalapalle mine will meet a quarter of the energy needs of nuclear power plants in the country.

    Dr S.K. Jain, chairman and managing director of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), told reporters here on Monday that mining of uranium had started in Tummallapalle. Though he refused to give details about the quantum of uranium mined at Tummalapalle, he said the mine would provide 25 per cent of the uranium needs of the country.

    He said that nuclear energy generation in the country had touched a record 32,000 million units this financial year, which is drawing to a close later this week. This is 40 per cent more than last year’s nuclear energy production in the country.

    The turnover last year was Rs 5,000 crore and it has increased to Rs 8,000 crore this year.
     
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    A very nice find and a timely one too when India is transforming into a new era where power is generated for our needs via nuclear reactors. This Uranium reserve will alleviate some of our 'nuclear fuel' shortfall problems.
     
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    India's nuclear plants produce 32,000 million units of power

    CHENNAI: India today achieved a milestone in nuclear power generation, touching 32,000 million units, a target that nuclear operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) had set for this fiscal. "We had our annual target of electricity production, which we met today. We achieved 32,000 million units this morning.

    So as a company, we have met our annual target," Shiv Abhilash Bhardwaj, Director (Technical), NPCIL told reporters here. However, he said that some plants are operating at lower power because of fuel mismatch. "And very soon, that problem is going to be over because Tummalapalli mine (Andhra Pradesh) is right now getting commissioned and in a couple of months we will start getting Uranium from that," he said.

    India, which has a total capacity of 4680 MW from nuclear power, is looking forward to install a "very large number" nuclear plants, he said. "We are now talking to France. We are quite in advanced stage of talking to France on EPR technology with a capacity of 1,650 MW unit in Jaitapur. As for South Korea, India has signed a Inter-governmental agreement last July. We are in the status of defining our specifications. South Korea has 1,400 MW reactor and they have to change some designs as per our requirements," he said, asked about India's ongoing collaborations with other countries.
     

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