India’s nuclear weapons program to get a boost as uranium output to increase 10 fold

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India has plans to increase the output of uranium — the key fuel used in its nuclear weapons program — by ten times by 2031-32 and achieve self-sufficiency, the Department of Atomic Energy said.

India is estimated to have 232,315 tons of uranium contained in deposits of 273,956 tons of tiiuranium octoxide.

Even though the amount of uranium deposits is known, the actual quantity of uranium produced by India from indigenous sources at present is a state secret, as it can be used to calculate the quantity of nuclear weapons that the country makes.

India cannot use imported uranium to make weapons due to restrictions placed by the exporters of the nuclear fuel, and has to depend on indigenous production to fuel its weapons program.

It also uses part of the domestically mined uranium to produce power. Out of about 7,000 MW of nuclear power produced in India, 2400 MW is fuelled by domestic uranium.

India aims to increase the output of uranium soon, the government said.

“Uranium Corporation of India has made a detailed plan in line with DAE’s vision to achieve self sufficiency in Uranium production achieving nearly ten-fold rise in next 15 years (by 2031-32),” the DAE said.

“UCIL has outlined a plan for massive expansion which includes plan to maintain sustained supply from existing facilities, capacity expansion of some existing units and construction of new production centres (mines and plants) in different parts of the country.”

Due to a historical difficulties getting hold of uranium and the relative abundance of thorium deposits in the country, India plans to switch its power generation to thorium by 2050 under its ‘Phase 3’ nuclear program.

India has invested much into developing nuclear reactors based on thorium, of which it has nearly 1 mln tons. It is considered a world leader in Thorium-based technology.

To move to thorium, India has a three-stage nuclear program.

First, it will use normal uranium in Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors.

Then it will use plutonium obtained from these in Fast Breeder Reactors. These Fast Breeder Reactors will create Uranium-233.

In the third stage, Uranium-233 will be combined with Thorium in advanced reactors that are expected to provide the country with enough electricity for 10,000 years.

As of now, India is on the cusp of moving from stage 1 to stage 2. The first fast-breeder reactor (PFBR) — which has been in the making for 30 years — is scheduled to go live in January.

The total production of thorium ores in India has been on the rise in the last three years.

The country produced 80 tons in the year ended March 2015, 330 tons each in the subsequent two years.

Thorium is being produced by Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL), a PSU under DAE, at Chavara, Kerala; Manavalakurichi, Tamil Nadu and Orissa Sand Complex, Odisha.
 
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India plans tenfold uranium output growth

India is planning a tenfold increase in uranium production over the next 15 years, Minister of State Jitendra Singh told the country's parliament yesterday. State company Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL) has outlined expansion plans to meet the Department of Atomic Energy's (DAE) vision of achieving self-sufficiency in uranium production.

In answer to questions in the Lok Sabha, Singh said UCIL, which is a public service undertaking with the DAE, has outlined a plan for "massive expansion" leading to a tenfold rise in uranium production by 2031-2032. The plan includes maintenance of sustained supply from existing facilities, capacity expansion of some existing units and construction of new production centres (mines and plants) in different parts of the country, he said.

"Considering the resources already identified in different geological basins by Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), a constituent unit of DAE, UCIL's major production centres are planned in Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Rajasthan and Meghalaya," Singh said.

The expansion is planned in three phases, with the first expected to increase uranium production to 3.5 times existing levels by the "12th year". Completion of projects in the second phase is expected to achieve a sevenfold expansion over current production, with the third phase of projects leading to a tenfold increase over current levels by 2031-32.

According to the 2016 edition of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and International Atomic Energy Agency joint report on uranium resources, production and demand (the 'Red Book'), India's known conventional uranium resources - reasonably assured resources and inferred - were estimated to be 181 606 tU as of January 2015. Uranium mills currently operate at Jadugudah and Turamdih, both in Jharkand, and Tummalapalle in Andhra Pradesh. India produced 385 tU in 2015. The AMD claimed to have established domestic uranium resources of 232,315 tU as of November last year.

India operates 22 nuclear reactors, eight of which are fuelled by indigenous uranium. Fourteen reactors are under international safeguards and use imported uranium. Six units - four indigenously designed pressurised heavy water reactors, a fast breeder reactor and a Russian-designed pressurised water reactor - are currently under construction. Construction is planned to begin on 19 further units within the next few years, including ten indigenously designed PHWRs which are scheduled to start up by 2031. Agreements envisage the import of uranium up to 2020, Singh said.

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Great News! Why a nation of 1.3 billion human beings should not have a strong nuclear arsenal to defend itself ? Why India needs to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on traditional army when so many Indians donot have basic necessities of life ?
Nuclear weapons are cheap, very effective and powerful deterrent. If it was not true, USA would not keep 7000 nukes and Russia would not keep 5000 nukes ?
Remember the billboard in front of Mumbai Airport in 1998..." Do what Uncle does...don't do what Uncle says !'
Uncle USA believes in Nukes...so India should also believe in them.

In USA there is common saying " you don't go to a gun fight with a knife!"
 

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India has plans to increase the output of uranium — the key fuel used in its nuclear weapons program — by ten times by 2031-32 and achieve self-sufficiency, the Department of Atomic Energy said.

India is estimated to have 232,315 tons of uranium contained in deposits of 273,956 tons of tiiuranium octoxide.

Even though the amount of uranium deposits is known, the actual quantity of uranium produced by India from indigenous sources at present is a state secret, as it can be used to calculate the quantity of nuclear weapons that the country makes.

India cannot use imported uranium to make weapons due to restrictions placed by the exporters of the nuclear fuel, and has to depend on indigenous production to fuel its weapons program.

It also uses part of the domestically mined uranium to produce power. Out of about 7,000 MW of nuclear power produced in India, 2400 MW is fuelled by domestic uranium.

India aims to increase the output of uranium soon, the government said.

“Uranium Corporation of India has made a detailed plan in line with DAE’s vision to achieve self sufficiency in Uranium production achieving nearly ten-fold rise in next 15 years (by 2031-32),” the DAE said.

“UCIL has outlined a plan for massive expansion which includes plan to maintain sustained supply from existing facilities, capacity expansion of some existing units and construction of new production centres (mines and plants) in different parts of the country.”

Due to a historical difficulties getting hold of uranium and the relative abundance of thorium deposits in the country, India plans to switch its power generation to thorium by 2050 under its ‘Phase 3’ nuclear program.

India has invested much into developing nuclear reactors based on thorium, of which it has nearly 1 mln tons. It is considered a world leader in Thorium-based technology.

To move to thorium, India has a three-stage nuclear program.

First, it will use normal uranium in Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors.

Then it will use plutonium obtained from these in Fast Breeder Reactors. These Fast Breeder Reactors will create Uranium-233.

In the third stage, Uranium-233 will be combined with Thorium in advanced reactors that are expected to provide the country with enough electricity for 10,000 years.

As of now, India is on the cusp of moving from stage 1 to stage 2. The first fast-breeder reactor (PFBR) — which has been in the making for 30 years — is scheduled to go live in January.

The total production of thorium ores in India has been on the rise in the last three years.

The country produced 80 tons in the year ended March 2015, 330 tons each in the subsequent two years.

Thorium is being produced by Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL), a PSU under DAE, at Chavara, Kerala; Manavalakurichi, Tamil Nadu and Orissa Sand Complex, Odisha.
F**k uranium, make plutonium bombs.
 

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Great News! Why a nation of 1.3 billion human beings should not have a strong nuclear arsenal to defend itself ? Why India needs to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on traditional army when so many Indians donot have basic necessities of life?
Because:
1. In cold era, US and Russia wouldn't allowed any third nuke force big enough to threaten their survive;
2. The threats India facing today can't be handled by nuke;
3. More importantly, nuke can't fixed the poverty.

Nuclear weapons are cheap, very effective and powerful deterrent. If it was not true, USA would not keep 7000 nukes and Russia would not keep 5000 nukes?
Well, nuke is cheap, but 99% of time, you can't use or even threaten to use it. But conventional forces are being deployed, used VERY DAY.
 

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No Smoking, you are just repeating western b*s that nukes can't be used ,doesnot lead to progress and blah blah...
If Saddam had Nukes...Iraq would be still standing proud and tall.....If Japan had Nukes..Hiroshima and Nagashaki would still be thriving cities..

Still have doubts ? Think Why Trump is not able to attack North Korea ? Nukes are best deterrent.

Before progress comes survival....if you are attacked and destroyed....where does your progress end up..
in your a*ss.
 

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