Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI), a Public Sector Undertaking of the Department of Atomic Energy is presently constructing a 500 MW capacity Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu which is at an advanced stage of commissioning. In addition, it is proposed to add two more Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR) 1&2 (2×600 MW) at Kalpakkam Site.
PFBR is being constructed with an approved cost of Rs. 5677 Crore. Cost for Fast Breeder Reactors 1&2 is yet to be finalised. PFBR at Kalpakkam is expected to go critical by end 2016. The tariff of electricity produced from PFBR is comparable with that of other contemporary base-load electricity generating technologies like coal based thermal power stations in the region.
This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on April 27.
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