Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor likely to be delayed
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.