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India Plans Exports of AHW Reactors Fuelled by LEU

India has announced intentions to export power reactors to other nations and is developing an advanced design for that purpose. Chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar

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The Dilemma of Aging Nuclear Plants

From the time the world’s first commercial nuclear power plants were switched on in the late 1950s, installed generating capacity rose rapidly over two decades. It leveled off in the 1980s as new building programs were scrapped in the wake of the accident at Three Mile Island, among other factors. Contractors generally designed plants to last for 40 years – ...

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Areva & Mitsubishi Sign Fuel Fabrication Pact

Areva and Mitsubishi, the French and Japanese corporate giants respectively have signed a nuclear agreement recently in Paris to set up a joint venture company in the nuclear fuel fabrication business. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Mitsubishi Materials Corp (MMC), Mitsubishi Corp (MC) and Areva signed the shareholders agreement at the same time to form the joint venture company. The partners ...

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Three Indian PSUs to Set Up JV to Export 220-mw N-Power Plants

Three Indian public sector companies have decided to set up a joint venture for the export of nuclear power reactors. The Minister of State for Commerce, Industry and Power Jairam Ramesh said recently in a newspaper interview that a number of countries with small electricity grids were open to India setting up nuclear power reactors that generate 220 MW of ...

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Hindujas in talks with potential partners

The Hinduja Group, one of the largest non-resident Indian business conglomerates, is considering broadening the scope of its investments in India to include nuclear power plants and to set up them in collaboration with foreign partners. The Group is also confident that India can withstand the current global economic downturn and continue to attract foreign investments. Group Chairman S P ...

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BHEL bags contract for 500 mw nuclear plant in TN

Of the 17 nuclear power generating units in the country, BHEL’s contribution is 3,280 mw, 80% of India’s installed nuclear capacity of 4,120 mw. India’s State-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has recently announced that it bagged a contract for 500 mw nuclear power plant at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, being set up by Bhartiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam (BNVL). “Under international ...

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India’s fast nuclear reactors to be redesigned to cut costs

Scientists and engineers at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) are hoping to save around Rs.5 billion (Rs.500 crore or $104 million) by modifying the design of four fast reactors on the anvil.. for nuclear power plants. “The proposed reactors are going to be different in many ways from the prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) designed by us ...

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