New phase of Indian fast breeder

3 September 2002

India The Indian Department of Atomic Energy has issued approval to start civil construction work for a second prototype fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam, near Madras. The unit will be 500MWe, and is expected to be operating by 2009.

It will be fuelled with uranium-plutonium carbide with a thorium blanket to breed fissile U-233. This will take India's ambitious thorium programme to stage 2, and set the scene for eventual 'thorium-fuelled reactors' utilising India's plentiful thorium resources.

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