Russia, India discuss delivery of nuclear fuel to Indian NPPs

Kudankulam nuclear power plant. Source: Press Photo

Kudankulam nuclear power plant. Source: Press Photo

The Russian company TVEL is in talks with the Indian nuclear fuel complex (NFC) to discuss options for a long-term contract for continued supply of Russian nuclear fuel for Indian pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWR).

Russia and India are discussing options to continue cooperation in the supply of Russian nuclear fuel to Indian pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWR), said a statement from the TVEL Company, part of the state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

A long-term contract to supply fuel pellets for Indian nuclear power plants with PHWR reactors was signed in early 2009 between TVEL and the Department of Atomic Energy of the Government of India. These tablets of naturally enriched uranium dioxide are produced at the TVEL Machine-Building Plant in the city of Elektrostal.

“The given contract will be fulfilled by the end of this year, and TVEL has already begun substantive negotiations with its Indian partners on the signing of a new long-term contract, or to prolong the current contract,” a statement from the TVEL company stated.

The Machine-Building Plant in Elektrosal completely fulfilled in 2015 its annual production programme for the manufacture of fuel pellets, totaling 303 metric tons of uranium, which were delivered to the Indian nuclear fuel complex in Hyderabad.

The Machine-Building Plant is one of the world’s largest producers of fuel for nuclear power plants. The plant manufactures fuel assemblies for reactors VVER-440, VVER-1000, RBMK-1000, and BN-600, powders and fuel pellets for deliveries to foreign customers.

Additionally, the plant also produces nuclear fuel for research reactors.

First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.

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