Over 1,900 metric tonnes (MT) of uranium ore concentrate has been shipped into India from Kazakhstan and Canada during the first nine months of the current fiscal, which is nearly 80 per cent of the record 2,419 MT that was imported in the previous fiscal. While the supplies holding up is positive trend, coming alongside plans outlined by the Department of Atomic Energy to ramp up domestic uranium production ten-fold over next 15 years (by 2031-2032), nuclear generation has faltered marginally.
During the current fiscal, upto December 2017, the capacity factor — the ratio of the net electricity generated, for the time considered, to the energy that could have been generated at continuous full-power operation during the same period — was recorded at 67 per cent. While this is data for nine months and not for the full year, the capacity factor is down to a nine-year low. This is despite power generation at units 1 and 2 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) — the country’s biggest nuclear plant — hitting the maximum level of 2000 MW late last year, reaching full capacity at 3.30 AM on December 5. The reasons include tepid demand in the wake of a delayed industrial recovery and subdued demand on account of domestic load. Read More…
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