India updates plans for uranium and nuclear projects

2022-07-30 0 By

According to official data released by the go nment, India has imported over 7,600 tonnes of uranium in the past three years, mainly from Kazakhstan and Canada, World Nuclear News network has learned.Replying to a question in the Upper house of the Indian government, State Minister Gitendra Singh provided data, domestic uranium production data and an update on the nuclear construction programme.As of February this year, the Atomic Mineral Exploration and Research Agency (AMD), a unit of the Ministry of Atomic Energy, identified uranium resources at 369,042 tU3O8,Of the 45 uranium deposits located in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra.Singh said India imports natural uranium for pressurized heavy water reactors operating under IAEA safeguards from Kazakhstan, Canada, Russia and France, and is maintaining stockpiles to ensure the fuel supply for these reactors is secure.He also said that to meet the fuel needs of the boiling water reactor (BWR) and VVER, the imports come from Russia.TVEL, a fuel manufacturer subsidiary of Russia’s Rosatom, has been supplying fuel pellets for India’s two BWR installations in Tarapur since the india-Russia cooperation agreement was signed in 2008.In the past three years, India has imported 4,557.67 tU from Kazatomprom and 2,988.37 tU from Cameco, both of which are natural uranium concentrate.It imported 56.78 tonnes of uranium from TVEL in the form of enriched uranium fuel pellets.According to Rajya Sabha, all products will be imported from Russia between 2019 and 2020.In addition, India is currently operating 22 nuclear reactors with a capacity of 6,780 MW, in addition to Kakrapar unit 3, which will come online in January 2021.Other units under construction and estimated completion dates described by Singh include:Kakrapar 4 (expected completion in 2022), Rajasthan 7 and 8 (2023), Kudankulam 3 and 4 (2023), Kudankulam 5 and 6 (2027), Gorakhpur 1 and 2 (2028),And Kalpakkam prototype fast breeder reactor (2022).Of these, Kaiga 5 and 6, Gorakhpur 3 and 4, Chutka 1 and 2 and Mahi Banswara 1-4 have all been “approved”.Source: Polaris Nuclear Grid