Fuel Shortage Hits Nuclear Power Plants

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A sustained shortage of nuclear fuel has put a question mark on the sustenance of existing and commissioning of new atomic power projects in the country. Confirming the crisis, minister of state for power Jairam Ramesh said, “Two new projects are now idle for want of uranium.

A sustained shortage of nuclear fuel has put a question mark on the sustenance of existing and commissioning of new atomic power projects in the country.

The two new nuclear power projects—the fifth unit (220 MW) of Rajasthan Atomic Power Project (RAPP) at Rawatbhatta and the fourth reactor of Kaiga Atomic Power Project (220 MW) in Karnataka—that were scheduled for commissioning in June 2008 now face undue delays.

Confirming the crisis, minister of state for power Jairam Ramesh said, “Both the projects are now idle for want of uranium. First, it was the fifth unit of RAPP and now it is the 220 MW Kaiga U4. The commissioning of both these projects has got delayed by several months.”

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