The main vessel of India’s Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor has been successfully installed. BHAVINI, the state company in charge of PFBR construction said the stainless steel vessel was lowered inside the safety vessel and aligned in the early hours of 5 December 2009. The main vessel, which is 12.5m in diameter and 12.5m tall, will form the heart of the fact reactor, eventually containing 1150t of sodium.

Meanwhile, Indian firm L&T has won a contract from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) for civil construction on reactors 3 & 4 at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project, in Gujarat state. The contract is valued at INR8440 million ($180 million). The scope of work involves construction of reactor building, auxiliary buildings, waste management and exhaust ventilation building, heavy water upgrading plant, fabrication & erection of structural steel works involving civil, structural and architectural works. The project is to be completed in 49 months.

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