Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) again in the news

In January 2022 Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) signed a deal with Holtec International, a US-based firm for containment transportation tanks. A facility for a spent fuel repository is being constructed inside the KKNPP to store a small quantity of high-level radioactive waste. Such facility is called the Away From Reactor (AFR) SpentContinue reading “Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) again in the news”

Small radiation spike at Chernobyl nuclear plant seized by Russian forces

The radiation monitors near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant showed a reading of up to 9.46 microSieverts per hour. According to IAEA, the readings are low and remain within the operational range measured in the exclusion zone and therefore do not pose any danger to the public1. The radiation spike was caused by the movementContinue reading “Small radiation spike at Chernobyl nuclear plant seized by Russian forces”

IAEA presents a report on Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management

Nuclear waste management has always been the biggest concern of critics. The environmentalists aim spent fuel and radioactive waste as their primary motive to criticize the nuclear industry. With the growing need for power and substitute for coal, the demand for nuclear power plants is increasing globally. There is significant development undergoing for safe andContinue reading “IAEA presents a report on Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management”

Kursk-1 Retires

Kursk-1 is a Russian-type nuclear reactor that is permanently shut down after 45 years of operation. During its operation, the unit has generated about 251TWh of electricity and provided its services to the Kursk region for about 30 years. Two new nuclear reactors are under construction which will replace the reactor in the future. AccordingContinue reading “Kursk-1 Retires”

Rosatom REMIX fuel began trials in Balakovo Nuclear Reactor

Russian Atomic Agency, Rosatom has begun the trials of the REMIX fuel. REMIX fuel is a mixture of recycled uranium and plutonium fuel extracted from the spent fuel along with enriched uranium fuel. Such fuel will reduce the cost of enrichment, provide high burn-up and improve the overall efficiency. The uranium and plutonium extracted fromContinue reading “Rosatom REMIX fuel began trials in Balakovo Nuclear Reactor”

Anil Kakodkar on net-zero target and nuclear power of India

An eminent nuclear physicist and the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India, Dr Anil Kakodkar said that nuclear energy can alone provide low-cost electricity and help match the energy supply to the demand of the nation. He emphasizes that India cannot meet the net-zero target without nuclear power. He endorsed the achievementsContinue reading “Anil Kakodkar on net-zero target and nuclear power of India”

Construction of Unit-6 at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Started

The foundation slab of the unit-6 reactor building at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) was laid on Monday (December 20, 2021).  This power plant is a joint venture of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and Rosatom (a Russian state corporation), planned to be constructed in three stages. In the first stage, units 1,Continue reading “Construction of Unit-6 at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Started”

Finland Commissions a New Nuclear Reactor

Olkiluoto-3 (OL3), a European Pressurized-water Reactor (EPR) is the new nuclear reactor commissioned in Finland after 40 years, making it a historical moment for the country. This reactor alone will produce 14% of the total power and 40% of the nuclear power capacity of Finland. After achieving the first criticality and performing several commissioning tests,Continue reading “Finland Commissions a New Nuclear Reactor”

Increase in concentration of natural uranium in groundwater of Karnataka

The naturally occurring radioisotopes are Uranium-238, Thorium-232, and Potassium-40 which are present in abundance in different areas across the globe. It is estimated that about 3,51,000 tons of natural uranium (uranite) and 13 million tons of naturally occurring thorium (monazite) are present in India. In Karnataka, about 7300 tons of natural uranium are present inContinue reading “Increase in concentration of natural uranium in groundwater of Karnataka”

An update on India’s 1000 MW reactor vessel

Rosatom has given an update on a vital component of India’s 1000 MW VVER (Russian Pressurized Water-type nuclear reactor). They have started to weld the 170 tons upper semi-vessel with the help of two circumferential welds that will take 22 days about three weeks). After welding the whole welded vessel will be heated to 300Continue reading “An update on India’s 1000 MW reactor vessel”

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