`Fuel position for N-power plants comfortable`

There is progressive improvement in uranium fuel position for operating indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs), Department of Atomic Energy sources said.

Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 00:10 AM IST

Mumbai: There is progressive improvement
in uranium fuel position for operating indigenous Pressurised
Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) with gradual increasing in
production from indigenous uranium mills besides the imported
fuel, Department of Atomic Energy sources said.

"There is a progressive improvement in the uranium
fuel position for the operating nuclear plants and especially
with supply of imported uranium for all the five units of
Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS), Nuclear Power
Corporation’s units which are not under international
safeguards and improvement in production of indigenous fuel
from the new mill at Turamdih. We have reached a comfortable
position," DAE officials said.

Compared to last two years, when the plants were
operating below 50 per cent capacity, at present, they are
running at 60 per cent capacity, they said.

"With the improvement in production of indigenous
uranium from the new Turamdih mill in Jhakhand and the older
mill in Jaduguda, we expect to come back to our old glory of
having 90 per cent capacity of all the operating plants in a
couple of years," they said.

"The import of fuel has definitely eased the situation
in the judicious use of indigenous fuel," they said. India
pledged RAPS units 5 and 6 under international safeguards as
per the agreement with International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) last year and RAPS units 3 and 4 early this year.

PTI