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Nuclear Fuel Complex develops Incoloy-nickel tubes for PHWR steam generators Print E-mail
Written by Vivek   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011
Mumbai: The Hyderabad-based Nuclear Fuel Complex has developed, for the first time in India, Incoloy-nickel tubes required for making steam generators used in nuclear power reactors. This marks a major breakthrough for the Indian industry, as India has achieved complete indigenisation of making steam generators, with this development of indigenous designing and manufacturing of tubes for steam generators.

"The tubes will be sent to Larsen & Toubro (L&T) which will use it for completing the manufacture of totally indigenous steam generators," said R N Jayaraj, Chief Executive, Nuclear Fuel Complex. NFC had signed an MOU with L&T recently for manufacturing of Incoloy-nickel tubes.

This development of indigenous designing and manufacturing of tubes for steam generators is expected to save Rs 150-200 crore for every two 700 MW of Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs). Earlier India was importing complete steam generators. Later, only the tubes were imported by L&T.

India plans a total of 16 units of 700 MW PHWR in the country. The construction of four units of 700 MW PHWR has already begun, two each in Rajasthan and Kakrapar Atomic Power stations.

The Nuclear Fuel Complex will soon have one more fuel complex at Kota, Rajasthan. While pre-project activities have already begun, NFC is waiting for the Cabinet approval and clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forests.

 
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