Mumbai: Russia plans to set up a state-of-
the-art nuclear fuel fabrication plant to cater to all its
power plants and is expected to come up at Kudankulam in Tamil
Nadu or Haripur in West Bengal.
The Russian fuel major TVEL Corporation, which holds
17 per cent of the global nuclear fuel market, said here today
that it plans to set up a nuclear fuel fabrication plant in
the country in collaboration with the department of atomic
Since there will be at least 8-10 Russian-made power
plants in the country in the near future, the joint fuel
fabrication of the enriched uranium will be available at a
cheaper rate for India, TVEL Corporation executive director
for communications and public affairs Ivan Dybov told media
"In this regard, Russia offered a proposal and gave
a plan proposal to the Indian government last year," Dybov
said adding discussion in this regard is on.
TVEL is part of the state-owned Rosatom and signed a
contract with the DAE to supply 2,000mt uranium over a period
of five years. It also supplied for the fifth time uranium
separately for the General Electric-built Tarapur units I&II.
This is the first time the company has come out openly to
address the media.
Dybov said TVEL has an understanding with the French
nuclear major Areva for fabrication of fuel and already
fabricated 2,000 fuel bundles for them.
Asked whether the proposed Russian fuel fabrication
plant will also cater the Areva?s power plants to be built in
the country in the near future, he said it could be possible
as TVEL is already fabricating fuel for several Western type
of nuclear reactors.
Replying to a query on the enrichment plant (as the
Russian plant is a light-water reactor, it requires enriched
uranium as fuel unlike the indigenous pressurised heavy water
reactor which requires natural uranium), he said "TVEL is
constructing an enrichment plant in China and there are four
plants in Russia, but we have no plans of it in India."
TVEL holds 45 per cent share of the uranium enrichment
in the world market.
The TVEL official also said, the company was recast
recently and working on cost reduction and high efficiency
fuel. The company has developed a new and improved type of
fuel for the Russian-type reactors which will enable
transition to prolonged fuel cycle along with power increase
up to 104 per cent and an increased burn up of 5,00,000mw-days
per tonne making the fuelling cost cheaper.
TVEL supplies fuel to 76 reactors in 16 countries and
recently signed a contract with Hungary. "We also supply fuel
to 30 research reactors in 17 countries and expects to reach
a 25 per cent share of fuel supply in the global market from
the current 17 per cent, Dybov added.