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NFC delivers millionth fuel bundle to India’s nuclear power reactors

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on February 26, 2019 Published on February 26, 2019

Dinesh Srivastava. File Photo

The Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), a unit of the Department of Atomic Energy, has produced one million PHWR Fuel Bundles for the operating nuclear power reactors.

The millionth fuel bundle was handed over to S K Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), by Dinesh Srivastava, Chairman and Chief Executive of NFC, to mark the milestone.

The NFC chief assured the NPCIL that the fuel and the core structurals required for 10 New PHWRs (Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors) will be met as per the schedule.

“We are gearing up in creating the manufacturing facilities to meet the requirement in addition to meeting the fuel and structural requirements of all the operating reactors in India,” he added.

Good quality supply

Sharma lauded the NFC and its employees in supplying the quality fuel bundles to meet the ever-increasing demand of nuclear power reactors.

He also appreciated the quick delivery of two sets of coolant tubes for EMCCR of KAPS-1and -2, because of which, the NPCIL is able to re-commission the units at a short span of time.

At times of shortage of uranium in the country, the NFC took very innovative steps to recover the element from various kinds of uranium-bearing scraps, and delivered the fuel to the nuclear power reactors. To continue the reactor operations, the NFC has delivered the fuel bundles at a frequency of 15 days, the Hyderabad-based unit said in a press release.

The NPCIL is now looking forward to the manufacture and supply of steam generated (SG) tubes by the NFC for Fleet Mode PHWRs 700 Mwe, which are important in nuclear power generation and their quality is key to higher performance.

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Published on February 26, 2019
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