Category — Nuclear Energy

India, U.S., to Accelerate Cooperation in the Energy Sector

In the wake of President Trump‘s and Indian Prime Minister Modi’s meeting, the White House released a statement that said, “The United States and India are committed to realizing commercial civil nuclear cooperation, in particular through a contract for six Westinghouse Electric AP-1000 nuclear reactors to be built in Andhra Pradesh, India. Once completed, the project will provide reliable electricity for millions of Indian citizens.”

India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said that by the end of the year Westinghouse will rework its current situation and conclude contractual agreements between the Company and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India for the six nuclear reactors, as also related project financing, reports the Economic Times.

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The White House said Indian energy companies have signed more than $30 billion in long-term contracts for U.S.- produced liquefied natural gas, including from Louisiana and Maryland. The industry estimates that Indian companies have invested more than $10 billion in the United States’ liquefied natural gas and shale sectors.
The two countries also announced the Smart Grid and Energy Storage consortia under the U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy and Research Development Center.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of State is facilitating connections between American and Indian industry, state governments, and universities to advance energy solutions, the White House said.

June 27, 2017   No Comments

Russia to Build Two New Nuclear Power Plants in India

India and Russia signed the General Framework Agreement and Credit protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., and Russia’s Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of Rosatom, will build the reactors. Each of the two units will have a capacity to produce 1,000 MW of power.

Both countries agreed that there were ‘steady and demonstrable’ achievements in bilateral civil nuclear partnership, including transforming the Kudankulum site into one of India’s largest energy hubs, reports BusinessLine.

PM Modi and President Putin

“We will strive to build an ‘energy bridge’ between our states and expand bilateral relations in all areas of energy cooperation, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydroelectric, and renewable energy sources and in improving energy efficiency. Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy has emerged as one of the hallmarks of the strategic partnership between the two countries, contributing to India’s energy security and energizing broader scientific and technological cooperation,” said a ‘Vision Document’ issued after the talks.

June 8, 2017   No Comments

Australia Readies Uranium Supply for India

At a joint news conference in New Delhi with visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turnbull said Australia was looking forward to the first export of Australian uranium to India as soon as possible. “We have worked closely with India to meet our respective requirements for the provision of fuel for India’s civil nuclear program,” he said. “Now we are working with India to secure timely conclusion of a quality Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which would provide a significant boost to regional confidence,” he added.

Indian Prime Minister Modi said that cooperation between the two countries in the energy sector, including renewable energy, was on the upswing.

Turnbull and Modi at Akshardham Temple

The two leaders inaugurated a research center on nano and bio technology. At the event, Modi said that the Australia-India Research Fund of nearly $100 million “has focused on collaborative research projects in the areas such as nano-technology, smart cities, infrastructure, agriculture and disease control.”

April 20, 2017   No Comments

India Creates Medical Caesium-137 from Nuclear Waste

India’s scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center in Trombay, near Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra, recover caesium-137 from radioactive waste to protect babies and vulnerable patients from adverse reactions to blood transfusions.

A rare and usually fatal complication from blood transfusion is Transfusion-Associated Graft Versus Host Disease, which is a major risk for fetuses and very premature newborns, as well as patients with suppressed immune systems, says World Nuclear News.

Doctors normally irradiate donated blood either with x-rays or gamma rays sourced from cobalt-60. However, cobalt-60 has a short half-life of 5.3 years which means technicians have to regularly make, transport and install new sources. Though Caesium-137 offers a longer-lasting alternative with a half-life of 30.2 years, it is usually presented in powdered form as caesium-chloride that has the potential hazard of dispersal if not properly handled and managed.

Making Vitrified Caesium Pencils at BARC

Making Vitrified Caesium-137 Pencils at BARC

Researchers at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center created a solid form of caesium-137 (from the stream of reprocessed spent fuel from India’s nuclear power plants), with the benefits of long life, reduced handling and no risk of dispersal. The same product will replace cobalt-60 for applications such as food irradiation, brachytherapy and sterilization of medical equipment.

 

March 21, 2017   No Comments

Westinghouse Nuclear Project in India Still Alive

The bankruptcy filing at  Westinghouse Nuclear threatened to scuttle the multi-billion-dollar reactor deal made by former U.S. President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Modi during the Washington summit last June, , Westinghouse CEO Jose Gutierrez was in India for talks with state-run National Power Corp of India Ltd and the Department of Atomic Energy that reports to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India’s Larsen & Toubro, a potential partner that has signed a memorandum of understanding with Westinghouse to supply nuclear plant elements and do civil works, still views the India project as viable.”As long as the guarantees are in place, I see no reason why this won’t go ahead,” Shailendra Roy, head of L&T’s power business, told Reuters,.

Westinghouse Electric Company

The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. however, has lacked a quorum on its board of directors, preventing it from issuing loans over $10 million, and this may also slow down the financing of any deal.

 

March 21, 2017   No Comments