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Government of India
Department of Atomic Energy
07-August-2014 16:43 IST
Commissioning of Fast Breeder Reactor

The 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) being constructed at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu is at an advanced stage of construction and commissioning

                 The 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) being constructed at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu is at an advanced stage of construction and commissioning.  Erection of all major components of the reactor has been completed. Commissioning of auxiliary systems such as water system, ventilation, electrical and gas systems have been completed. The next stage in commissioning is preheating and filling of sodium into secondary and primary systems.  The project has achieved overall physical progress of 97.6% as on 30.06.2014.  The approved date for criticality of PFBR was in September, 2014.  However, being the first of its kind reactor being built completely indigenously in our country, some delays on account of the requirement of rigorous testing and qualification of all major equipment and sub-systems are anticipated.

                                    Most of the support systems are commissioned and under operation. Following are some of the major supporting systems which are commissioned:

               1)      Safety service water system and associated raw water system.

               2)      Emergency service water system and associated raw water system

               3)      Demineraliser plant.

               4)      Fire alarm system.

               5)      Nitrogen generation system.

               6)      220 kV Switchyard

               7)      6.6 kV switch gear

               8)      Emergency Diesel Generator system.

 

                           This was stated by Union Minister of State for Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences (Independent Charge) Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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  ST/jk