India designs Integrated Plants for spent fuel reprocessing

Integrated Plants for reprocessing of spent fuel are being designed in India for the first time.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 12:10 PM IST

Mumbai: Integrated Plants for reprocessing of spent fuel from both thermal and fast reactors are being designed in India for the first time, Chairman, Atomic Energy
Commission Dr Srikumar Banerjee said.
"India also commenced engineering activities for setting up of an Integrated Nuclear Recycle Plant (INRP) with facilities for both reprocessing of spent fuel and waste management as setting up adequate reprocessing capability has been an important element of country`s closed fuel cycle-based programme," Banerjee told PTI.

These plants will be of much bigger size than the plants which are under construction or in operation today in the country and will match in capacity and reliability with the international standards, he said.

The Fast Reactor-based spent fuel recycle plants will be located at Kalpakkam (Fast Reactor Fuel Cycle Facility (FRFCF) while thermal reactor-based spent fuel recycle plants will be located at Tarapur, Banerjee said.

INRPs are for the Back End of Nuclear Fuel Cycle activity that involves storage of spent fuel, reprocessing, management of high level and low level radioactive waste, fuel fabrication, and intermediate period storage of vitrified radioactive waste among other processes, Banerjee explained.

"These plants will be totally indigenously designed, built, operated and will use the latest technology available in India. Efforts are on for standardisation of these plants based on the experience gained by DAE in building and operating similar plants," he said.

PTI