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Core Melt Trap Installed At Kudankulam 3

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on 4 December completed installation of the core melt trap at unit 3 of India’s Kudankulam NPP. “The melt localisation device is a unique development of Russian nuclear technology and one of the most important nuclear safety systems,” said Vladimir Angelov, project director in India for Rosatom’s Engineering Division Atomstroy export. “It is a special ...

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Africa Looks To India For Nuclear Reactors

As part of India’s strategy to expand its footprint in Africa, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is exploring supply of small nuclear power reactors to the electricity-starved countries.  Interestingly, India’s civilian nuclear power programme has caught the fancy of African countries because climate change has impacted their conventional hydropower generation capacity, which was primarily dependent on the Nile, the ...

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Lessons From The Cyberattack On India’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant

Indian officials acknowledged towards the end of October that a cyberattack occurred at the country’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant. An Indian private cybersecurity researcher had tweeted about the breach three days earlier, prompting Indian authorities to initially deny that it had occurred before admitting that the intrusion had been discovered in early September and that efforts were underway to respond ...

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India Explores Nuclear Energy Among Other Options To Fulfill Energy Needs

France derives about 75% of its electricity from nuclear energy due to a long-standing policy based on energy security. It is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity due to very low cost of generation, and gains over €3 billion per year. These are reasons enough for countries like India to follow France to increase its nuclear power capacity. There ...

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The Way Ahead – Nuclear Commerce

Commerce is the way ahead, particularly, nuclear commerce. Progress is partly trade and commerce. Trade and commerce requires connectivity, by road, rail, air and sea. Trade and commerce is a byproduct of demand and supply, and there is plenty of demand for clean energy. Traders in the guise of individuals, corporations, and governments indulge in commerce to expand their economies. That ...

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Nuclear Projects Delayed

India’s nuclear politics was in the limelight again, and not for the best of reasons. More than five years after it signed the Convention on Supplementary Compensation (CSC), India ratified the insurance pooling agreement, which pertains to civil liability in the event of a nuclear accident in any of the acceding countries. Prima facie, this was a good move, bringing ...

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India Amongst Nuke Haves

INDIA AMONGST NUKE HAVES Amar Nararen   Nuclear power is the fourth-largest source of electricity in India after thermal, hydroelectric and renewable sources of electricity. As of 2013, India has 21 nuclear reactors in operation in seven nuclear power plants, having an installed capacity of 5780 MW and producing a total of 30,292.91 GWh of electricity.   While six more reactors are ...

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Economic Survey Favours 49 pc FDI in N-Power Plants

The Indian Finance Ministry’s Economic Survey (2008-09) has proposed the private sector’s entry into nuclear power generation with a foreign direct investment (FDI) component of 49 percent to widen the energy portfolio of the country. It has further proposed that the inefficient monopoly of state electricity boards be broken by creating a competitive electricity market through quicker operationalisation of open ...

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Koodankulam N-power complex to have eight 1,000 MW reactors

Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) Chairman and Managing Director S K Jain has said that the Koodankulam power plant would have eight 1,000 MW reactors. He was speaking at the conclusion of the 22nd joint coordination committee meeting with a visiting Russian delegation of nuclear experts at Tirunelveli in the southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu recently. Jain said, ...

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Areva fortifies Indian base, now ready to supply N-reactors

Areva T&D India, the Indian arm of the French energy firm Areva SA, is keenly eyeing the newly opened business opportunity in the nuclear power sector in India. In three years, the company has managed to make a strong presence across all segments of the industry – manufacturing, transmission and distribution. Now it wants to supply nuclear reactors. Areva was ...

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