Weekly Current Affairs

Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor likely to be delayed [Energy]

  • The much delayed completion of work on India’s first Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam is likely to be completed only by March 2017.
  • The PFBR being constructed by the Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI) is at an advanced stage of commissioning.
  • Last year, a parliamentary panel said inordinate delays in the commissioning of the 500-MWe reactor had led to cost escalation of over Rs. 2,000 crore due to delays by industries in delivering components.
  • Liquid sodium, a critical component, will be loaded in another four to fi ve months from today. Plutonium-uranium oxide will be used as fuel and 1,750 tonnes of liquid sodium as coolant.