India’s Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) signed a four-year INR7.64bn ($120m) contract with Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) on 8 August for the construction of a fuel cycle plant for fast reactors in Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu. The work includes construction of nuclear safety compliant structures for fast breeder reactor fuel processing plant, and associated civil, electrical and mechanical works.
Previously HCC was awarded three other contracts from IGCAR, covering administrative blocks, township and the metallic fuel plant. The company has also undertaken contract work for the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) on an integrated nuclear recycle plant at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), as well as on the construction of two pressurised heavy water reactors being built at Rawatbhata..
Construction of a 500MWe prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) began at Kalpakkam in 2004. Atomic Energy Minister Jitendra Singh in July told India's lower house that the unit will start up this year. The PFBR is being built by Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (Bhavini), a government enterprise under the DAE. Two further FBRs are planned at Kalpakkam.