India to get its first indigenous fast breeder reactor soon

India to get its first indigenous fast breeder reactor soon

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India’s first indigenously designed 500 MW fast breeder reactor, is expected to generate power from September said a top official of the Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd. “This September, the unit will be connected to the southern power grid, generating around 30 percent of the total capacity. Full power generation is expected to begin around April  2016,” said P Chellapandi, chairman and managing director of the company. A breeder reactor is one that breeds more material for a nuclear fission reaction than it consumes. The reactor will be fuelled by a blend of plutonium and uranium oxide, called MOX fuel. While the reactor will break up plutonium for power production, it will also breed more  plutonium than it consumes. The original plutonium comes from natural uranium. The 30 percent power generation is 150 MW. The initial power generation would be gradually increased based on various test results. According to Chellapandi, all the construction related works will be over in a month’s time.