Four new FBRs will become operational by 2020 : Kakodkar

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Hyderabad, Jun 7 (UNI) Stating that the installed capacity of India's nuclear power projects was 4000 mw, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Chairman Anil Kakodkar today said four new Fast Breeder Reactors (FBRs) would be set up by 2020 to meet energy requirements.

Speaking to newspersons here, Mr Kakodkar said, ''we are serious about FBRs. Our Heavy Water Reactors (HWRs) are comparably best in the world. The Centre has already approved four nuclear power projects with 700 mw capacity each. The pre-project activities are going on. Once it is completed, the construction works will begin.'' Proposals were afoot to set up 4 more power projects with 700 mw capacity each which were yet to be approved by the government, he said adding these projects would be come operational in four years once the construction work begins.

''The Uranium availability was increasing in the country. The new Uranium mining project at Tummalapalli in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh would be the future of India for nuclear power generation, which has 50,000 tonnes of uranium reserves as per estimations.'' ''We need to have more Uranium mines getting into production,'' Kakodkar said, adding the 'third stage' programme was going on in the nuclear power production in the country.

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