Category: Nuclear

January 18, 2016

According to an official release, Unit 1 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KNPP) that shut down in June last year for maintenance is to restart functioning very soon, while the second unit will be operational by March this year.

Minister of State for Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh said that “unit 1 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant was shut down due to natural processes that are followed and it will start functioning very soon”, according to a statement by the department of atomic energy.

The minister also said that Unit 2 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant will be operational by March this year.

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January 15, 2016

Union Minister Jitendra Singh has clarified that the Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) has been  shut for operational purposes and that it would be started soon.

Department of Atomic Energy Secretary Sekhar Basu said that a safety review meeting next week will take a call on resuming operations at the plant.

 In the words of Jitendra Singh,”Unit 1 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant was shut due to natural processes that are followed and it will start functioning very soon. It was not closed for political reason as reported (in a section of media). Unit 2 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant will be operational by March this year.”

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January 15, 2016

Westinghouse Electric hopes to clinch a deal to build six nuclear reactors in India by end-March, its CEO said, in time for a possible visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington to attend a global nuclear summit.

A Westinghouse team is already in India to negotiate the deal, Chief Executive Daniel Roderick told Reuters, but talks are likely to go down to the wire, as the crucial issue of nuclear liability insurance for suppliers remains unresolved.

The aim, however, was to make a “commercially significant announcement” during Modi’s expected US visit in March and sign a final contract later in the year, Roderick said, narrowing the timeline on a deal that an Indian official had said would be disclosed by June.

The contract would give a big boost to India’s $150 billion nuclear power programme, and a broader push to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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December 24, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia plans to build minimum six new nuclear power units in India in the next 20 years.

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December 20, 2015

According to sources, , India and Russia are likely to sign an agreement on Kudankulam units 5 and 6 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit scheduled for December 23-24 . The government is also planning to make optimum use of the available nuclear sites in various states to accommodate more atomic reactors to meet energy-starved country’s growing needs. Earlier, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Rosatom – the Russian counterpart of the India’s Department of Atomic Energy – Nikolai Spasskiy paid a visit to India on December 7-8, during which he is believed to have held negotiations with Sekhar Basu, Secretary DAE regarding the possible inking of a pact of unit 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) during Modi’s stay. .. During negotiations, the parties discussed issues of final acceptance of Unit 1 of Kudankulam NPP, achievement of the minimum controlled power at Unit 2, beginning of construction of Units 3 and 4, and signing of the general framework agreement for Units 5 and 6, as well as further cooperation development steps.” Sources add that the details of the agreement were also deliberated .

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December 15, 2015

India has the potential to produce 14,500 mw of nuclear power by 2024, almost a three-fold jump from the current level of 5,700 mw, a big gap from the government’s stated intent to reach 63,000 mw by 2032 . India finally managed to get a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group to trade in nuclear equipment after decades of discrimination and international technology denial regimes. India got the waiver based on the statement at the NSG by then foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee, that the country would abide by its commitment to unilateral and voluntary moratorium on nuclear testing. Mukherjee had said the waiver to India to conduct nuclear commerce would also have positive impact on global energy security. India has the potential to produce 14,500 mw of nuclear power by 2024, almost a three-fold jump from the current level of 5,700 mw, a big gap from the government’s stated intent to reach 63,000 mw by 2032 . India finally managed to get a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group to trade in nuclear equipment after decades of discrimination and international technology denial regimes. India got the waiver based on the statement at the NSG by then foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee, that the country would abide by its commitment to unilateral and voluntary moratorium on nuclear testing. Mukherjee had said the waiver to India to conduct nuclear commer

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December 4, 2015

The government of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan announced that the first shipment of uranium had arrived in India. The shipment is under the uranium supply contract signed by Cameco in April after the nuclear cooperation agreement between Canada and India came into force in September 2013. According to the Canadian government, the contract to supply 7.1 million pounds of uranium concentrate (about 2730 tU) to India’s Department of Atomic Energy was worth around CAD 350 million ($262 million).

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November 16, 2015

Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Malcolm Turnbull announced the completion of procedures, including administrative arrangements, for the India Australia Civil Nuclear Agreement . According to a statement from the Prime Minister of India’s office, Modi thanked Turnbull and said the nuclear agreement was “a milestone and source of trust and confidence”. The bilateral agreement was signed in September 2014 during a state visit to India by Tony Abbott, Australia’s former Prime Minister. The agreement pave way for Australian uranium into India for use at the country’s nuclear power plants.

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November 16, 2015

Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Malcolm Turnbull announced the completion of procedures, including administrative arrangements, for the India Australia Civil Nuclear Agreement . According to a statement from the Prime Minister of India’s office, Modi thanked Turnbull and said the nuclear agreement was “a milestone and source of trust and confidence”. The bilateral agreement was signed in September 2014 during a state visit to India by Tony Abbott, Australia’s former Prime Minister. The agreement pave way for Australian uranium into India for use at the country’s nuclear power plants.

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November 13, 2015

Prime Minister Modi and his British have signed the civil nuclear agreement during the former’s visit to London. Mr. Modi expressed that the civil agreement was “a symbol of mutual trust.” The two leaders welcomed the completion of negotiations on a bilateral Civil Nuclear Co-operation Agreement and a memorandum of understanding between the UK and the Indian Department for Atomic Energy to encourage joint training and experience sharing on civil nuclear with the Indian Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said the agreements signalled “a growing relationship in this sector”. The DECCsaid that the “comprehensive package” of collaboration on energy and climate change aims to support economic growth, energy security and energy access.. The package encompasses £3.2 billion ($4.9 billion) of commercial agreements, joint research programs and initiatives to share technical, scientific, and financial and policy expertise. DECC said this will encourage the research, development and eventual deployment of clean technology, renewables, gas and nuclear power. The two countries agreed on the need for an “ambitious and comprehensive” global agreement to tackle climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the Paris Climate Conference and that the agreement “should signal to investors and

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