PRESS INFORMATIPON BUREAU
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
NUCLEAR FUEL COMPLEX SURPASSED ITS OWN WORLD RECORD PRODUCTION
13 April 2017
Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad has set a new World record production surpassing the earlier world record production by achieving the record production of 1512 Metric Tons (MT) of PHWR Fuel Bundles during the year 2016-17.
NFC is a pivotal industrial arm of Department of Atomic Energy with a mandate to fuel all the operating Nuclear Power Reactors in the country engaged for generation of electricity and is striving to achieve its assigned goals.
NFC is the only organization in the world today having a comprehensive nuclear fuel manufacturing cycle - from ore to core, involving processing of both Uranium & Zirconium streams all under a single roof made a modest beginning with 100 MT per year (tpy) and went on augmenting it's capacity to cater to the fuel requirement of all the operating Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) and Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs). Through the developmental works taken up over the years and by implementation of various plan projects during the XII plan under neo-governmental policies, NFC crossed its rated capacity over the years. Through this process augmentation, NFC has been setting its own records of production year after year. The increased production is mainly due to process improvement and automation, besides the dedicated efforts put by its employees.
NFC also achieved the highest production of 1154MT of Zirconium Oxide powder and759MT of Zirconium Sponge from its production units at Hyderabad and at Zirconium Complex (ZC), Pazhayakayal to meet the Zircaloy requirements of the PHWRs and BWRs.The Complex is also engaged in the manufacturing of various Zirconium alloy reactor core structurals for PHWRs and BWRs, apart from manufacture of all the sub-assemblies & special requirement of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) being set up at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu. NFC over the years has mastered the technology of manufacturing seamless tubes and has been meeting critical requirements of the Departments of Atomic Energy, Space and Defence, be it for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), battle tanks, missiles, supercritical boilers or the BrahMos.Indigenisation of critical and special purpose equipment has also been apart of NFC’s endeavour for promoting “Make in India”. In-house development of industrial scale Electrocoagulation unit for bringing down the Uranium levels in water to < 60 ppb and commissioning of the same to treat the process water is an achievement worth mentioning and can be extended for treatment of water at various locations with high Uranium content. This development is having far reaching/ multifold utility in the Department. NFC is expanding its facilities to meet the future requirement of 20 nos. of 700 MWe PHWRs, proposed to be established in a phased manner across the country. Towards this endeavour, NFC-Kota project with an outlay of `2400 crores is being executed and further augmentation of the existing facilities at Hyderabad campus and Zirconium Complex, Pazhayakayal are also in the offing.
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