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- Feb 12, 2009
India's nuclear power reactors, which were running at only 40 per cent of their capacity, have now improved their generation with increased availability of uranium in the country.
The 12 Pressurised Heavy water Reactors of 220 Mw each are running at 70 per cent of their capacity due to improvement in the production of uranium from Jaduguda and Turamdih mills. They are currently producing 2,000 Mw," Department of Atomic Energy sources said here.
:Laie_60A::twizt::113:BANGALORE: External affairs minister S M Krishna on Friday signalled that India will rebuff renewed American attempts to get the country to signthe Nuclear non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), weeks ahead of a scheduled visit by United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
GENEVA (IDN) - A nuclear free world is far from within reach yet. But there is reason to rejoice: after 12 years of stalemate, the Conference on Disarmament adopted by consensus May 29 a document that contains a work plan for 2009 in run up to the crucial nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference next year.
The document, reportedly backed also by North Korea, is a landmark step toward negotiating a world without nuclear weapons. Dozens of delegations took the Conference floor to laud "this historical moment, which had saved the world’s sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations".
The breakthrough marked the first time since 1996 that member states had agreed on the substance of what they should negotiate, amid conflicting demands for full nuclear disarmament, the ban on fissile material and the arms race in outer space.
The first of the units was to go on stream in December 2007 (and the second in December 2008).
However, there have been huge delays, mainly on account of equipment supplies from Russia.
The date of commissioning of the first unit was later revised to August 2009. This, according to sources both within and outside NPCIL, is not likely to be met.
Sources have told Business Line that a number of items of steam piping are yet to come from Russia. It is learnt that the Russians have given an assurance that all the piping supplies will be completely delivered in two months. Thereafter, it will take three months for the welding work. Inspection and clearance will take at least another month.
Therefore, the most optimistic estimate of the date of the first unit going on stream is January 2010. Even this assumes that the erection of the reactor — a job handled by Russians themselves — will also be completed by then.
The delay in the commissioning of the Kudankulam project has been one of the chief reasons for the severe power shortage (of 1,000 MW) in Tamil Nadu. But, sources note, next year should be much better after Kudankulam-I spins into operation.
Einhorn, known as an unrelenting non-proliferation and arms control hawk, worked in the State Department for 29 years before retirement, and was a trenchant critic of the US-India nuclear deal. Jocularly called the "grand ayatollah" of non-proliferation, he argued that the Bush administration gave away the house to India in order to build a strategic relationship with India at the risk of undermining non-proliferation regimes.
Former Indian officials hold Einhorn principally responsible for putting India in the nuclear doghouse for decades along with many proliferating nations despite its spotless record of on-proliferation. Ironically, they say, some of the most egregious acts of proliferation, including Chinese supply of nuclear technology and material to Pakistan, and A.Q.Khan network's proliferation to North Korea, Iran, Libya, and al-Qaida, among others, took place on Einhorn's watch.
"There is nothing to be alarmed about. We have got most of what we wanted in terms of global sanctions on nuclear trade having been lifted. Agreements already signed with Kazakhstan, France and Russia for Uranium and reactors. Now the ball is in US court," says Shivanand Kanavi, a business writer from Mumbai who has followed the nuclear deal closely and is writing a book on the Indian nuclear industry.
"Instead of jumping first for utilities (power plants), the new private entrants to the nuclear industry should grab the opportunity and maximise India's advantage in manufacturing of nuclear equipments and components," Kakodkar told PTI while reacting to the report submitted by FICCIs working group on civil nuclear energy on issues concerning utilities to the government of India last week.
"This is not the time to look at the Atomic Energy Act (which is required mainly for Indian industries to take up utilities) but instead try and build up the supply chain and prepare for export to the neighbouring countries making India a nuclear hub of manufacturing and a supply chain king," Kakodkar said.
“During the course of the [nuclear deal], there were supporters and sceptics in both countries,” she said. “However, upon its successful conclusion, both our Administration and the Government of India have resolved to continue moving forward to strengthen our important strategic relationship. I look forward to doing my part to advance that cooperation.”
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