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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby Sanatanan » 22 Aug 2009 08:53

More news about Kudankulam (21 Aug 2009):

Launch of 1st reactor at Russian-designed plant in India delayed

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19:23 21/08/2009
NEW DELHI, August 21 (RIA Novosti) - The launch of the first reactor of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, being built on a Russian design in India, has been postponed from December 2009 to 2010, a senior Indian nuclear official said on Friday.

Dr. S. K. Jain, who heads India's Nuclear Power Corporation (NPCIL), told RIA Novosti that the delay was due to the need to make amendments to the project, along with a lack of equipment supplies from Russia.

He said Russia had yet to supply 600 metric tons of pipelines, as well as various fixtures, with some equipment expected to arrive in November and some not until the first quarter of 2010.

Jain said inserting the fuel as early as December will be impossible, and expressed doubt that the first reactor can be ready in the first quarter of next year. However, he said his company will try to give an exact date next month.


The power plant is being built under a Russian design, using Russian technology and expertise, with Indian companies engaged in the construction and mounting work.

Under a December 2008 agreement with New Delhi, Russia is to build an additional four reactors for the plant, where it is finishing two reactors under an earlier contract, and start construction of new nuclear plants


While noting that 600 Te of piping and other equipment are yet to be supplied, one can see that the above news report also gives reference to an earlier report, dated 04 March 2004, which in turn, promises that construction at Kudankulam will be completed by 2007.

RUSSIA TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF NPP IN KUDANKULAM BY 2007
09:41 04/03/2004
NEW DELHI, MARCH 4 (RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT Valery Sevryukov) - Russia fulfills the contract-established schedule of building the nuclear power plant (NPP) in the Indian town of Kudankulam (Tamil Nadu state), and is going to complete the construction by 2007. This information was disclosed by deputy atomic energy minister Vladimir Asmolov in an interview with RIA Novosti in New Delhi.

He took part in the session of the coordinating committee on the NPP construction in Kudankulam, after which the sides expressed satisfaction with the high rates and quality of the work.

The Russian-Indian contract for the building of two atomic blocks with a total capacity of two million kW was signed in July 1999. It cost has been estimated at $2.5 billion.

Asmolov reported that India is interested in the construction by Russia of still another two such blocks within the framework of the program to increase atomic energy production to 20 million kW by 2020.

According to him, Russia is ready to realize these projects. But India, as the most interested side, should be more active in negotiations with the IAEA on the non-proliferation of nuclear technologies, the deputy minister pointed out.

According to Vladimir Asmolov, Russia believes it is possible to implement similar projects in China, Iran, and Egypt in the future.


I keep wondering why Indian politicians and project planners tend to insist that 'lock stock and pressure-vessel' type imorts of are essential for timely completion of projects.

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Postby Gerard » 23 Aug 2009 22:35

India is booming, trade with Canada isn't
Ottawa's shift in nuclear policy hasn't yet resulted in greater opportunities for Canadian companies

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby Gerard » 27 Aug 2009 06:29

Cabinet to consider setting up Nuclear Fuel Recycle Board
The Union Cabinet will on Thursday take up a proposal to set up a Nuclear Fuel Recycle Board with the objective to facilitate production of plutonium on a large scale.

So far, the country has produced plutonium only for R&D purposes.

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby Arun_S » 27 Aug 2009 13:12

Forum Admins please transfer these posts under one thread:
Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby armenon » 27 Aug 2009 14:13

Gagan wrote:Please continue all discussions on Pokharan II here:

Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist


Could this be a ruse for another round of testing ?

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Arun_S wrote:Forum Admins please transfer these posts under one thread:
Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist



Done.

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

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Quoting in full

28 Aug 2009, 2233 hrs IST, PTI

BANGALORE: Stating that "only strength respects strength" former President A P J Abdul Kalam today said India needs to be a nuclear-weapon state.


"India needs to be a nuclear-weapon state, as other nations are well-equipped and only strength respects strength. Unless we are strong we cannot defend ourselves," he said, while responding to a query by students of Alliance Business School in Chandapur in Anekal taluk near here.

He said "strength and peace go together. Unless we are strong we cannot bring peace."

Kalam enumerated three factors that saved India from the major impact of the global recession - "globalisation was not complete when recession set in, secondly Indian banks are conservative on giving loans and thirdly the saving mentality of Indians."

He highlighted the need for incorporating creative education in primary schools by revamping the syllabus and ensure that teachers encouraged creativity.

Very very important statement from Ex-president Kalam. Note teh words he used.

One who has not, "Needs". IOW India is not a reached the point where it IS a nuclear weapon state. It Needs to be one.

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Postby RajeshA » 29 Aug 2009 14:55

Arun_S wrote:


Quoting in full

"India needs to be a nuclear-weapon state

Very very important statement from Ex-president Kalam. Note the words he used.

One who has not, "Needs". IOW India is not a reached the point where it IS a nuclear weapon state. It Needs to be one.

Satya Vachan

Arun_S ji,
I am all for more testing, so don't take me wrong, but from PoV of semantics

"to be" can be interpreted both ways, as "to become" or "to remain", as it merely refers to an imperative, but it does not say whether the imperative has been heeded to or will have to be heeded in the future.

So "India needs to be a nuclear-weapon state" can be interpreted as "India needs to be a nuclear-weapon state, and that is why we have deployed nuclear-weapons", ie. "India needs to remain a nuclear-weapon state".

It can of course also mean, that "India needs to become a nuclear-weapon state", as you have implied.

Only a further thesis on how President APJ Kalam uses the verb "to be" can clarify all lingering doubts. :wink:

Just playing with semantics.

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Postby NRao » 29 Aug 2009 17:45

Kalamji has not deviated on his stand.

This statement could be for both Indians and outsiders.

It informs Indians what is the goal (a need for India to be a nuclear power). So, do what is necessary to get to and remain at that goal. (Note that getting to the goal is is a recursive process. It cannot be one and done. For all participants.)

And, for outsiders, that India has a need to be a nuclear power as long as there are nuclear powers out there - no matter who that is.


Now, IMHO India needs to test: If the previous was a dud, then to correct that situation, or IF it was NOT a dud to prove once and for all that India has a deterrence.

I would also think that India needs to build alternative solutions to physical testing. This is part of the "needs to be a nuclear-weapon state". Keep up with the Jones-es.



On CTBT and NPT - a good agreement is a dead agreement.

Obama is resorting to voodoo, nothing short of that. He is not solving ANY problem, as the treaties can be broken any time by anyone.

His concern about non-proliferation is genuine and needs to be supported. And, perhaps if India is a lot more vocal on that one issue the rest just may not be that important. Again, this reactive thinking is what I feel is getting India into a bind - again and again.

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India set to get rights to mine Namibian uranium, diamond
Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba’s visit to India, which started on Sunday, is linked to India sourcing uranium from the African nation, which is the sixth largest producer of uranium in the world. Sources said that discussions on uranium mining and supplies have been ongoing with Namibia for some time now.

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby Adrija » 31 Aug 2009 22:22

Not sure if this is the right thread, but here goes:

http://news.rediff.com/column/2009/aug/31/india-a-reluctant-and-tentative-nuclear-power.htm

In particular

In fact, in an action that ominously harks back to the 1991-95 period when Manmohan Singh as finance minister starved the nuclear programme of necessary funds for expansion, the government's 2008-2009 budget slashed the Department of Atomic Energy's funding by $529 million. No explanation was offered to the nation.


Worth a read. Apologies if posted already

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

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Lets get the details:
Date:17/02/2009 URL: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/200 ... 000300.htm Back Allocation for DAE marginally higher

New Delhi, Feb.16 Despite the Government’s stated mission to offer a fillip to the nuclear power programme, the incremental budgetary allocation for the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for the next fiscal is only marginally higher than the revised estimate in the current fiscal.

The IEBR (internal and extra budgetary resources) provision for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) — which is mid-way through a major capacity expansion programme based on indigenous pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) and also plans to set up imported light water reactor (LWR) capacities — has been increased to Rs 1,717 crore in the budget estimates for the next fiscal, as against Rs 1,509 crore provided in the revised estimates for 2008-09.

The budgetary support for the NPCIL, however, has seen a dip for the next fiscal at Rs 604 crore (down from the Rs 960 crore provided for in the revised estimates of the current fiscal).

The DAE’s overall budget estimates for 2009-10 has been pegged at Rs 7,173 crore, just 5.8 per cent higher than the revised estimate of Rs 6,777 crore for the current fiscal. Interestingly, much of the increase is in the non-plan component, which has risen nearly 40 per cent from Rs 2,665 crore in the revised estimates for 2008-09 to Rs 3,623 crore in the budget estimates for the next fiscal. For 2008-09, the revised estimates are up over 60 per cent against the budget estimate of Rs 4,225 crore.

Expenditure under the fuel inventory head — entailing fuel for Tarapur Atomic Power Station and other nuclear power reactors — has seen an increase of nearly 50 per cent at Rs 2,254 crore for the next fiscal, up from Rs 1,532 crore in the revised estimates for 2008-09.

The increase in allocation comes in light of the Tarapur station slated to get uranium pellets from the Russian firm TVEL Corporation while the NPCIL’s Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS) is in line for fuel from Areva of France under separate bilateral agreements.

“We have succeeded in dismantling the nuclear apartheid that India was subjected to for more than three decades. This has opened up new opportunities for civil nuclear cooperation and cleared the pathway for rapid industrialisation of our country,” Mr Pranab Mukherjee noted in his speech.

Now what was interim budget compred to last year:
DAE gets Rs 4835.28 crore, 2.59 pc less than previous fiscal

New Delhi, Feb 16 The Department of Atomic Energy was today allocated Rs 4,835.28 crore in the interim budget for 2009-10, about 2.59 per cent less than it received in the previous fiscal.
The interim budget presented in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed 11.63 per cent hike in the allocation for the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, the country's premier nuclear research facility. It has been allocated Rs 1,995.22 crore as against the previous fiscal's allotment of Rs 1,787.29 crore.

The Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam which is developing the indigenous Fast Breeder Reactor, got Rs 372.52 crore against Rs 362.44 crore the previous fiscal.

The Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology and the Variable Energy Cyclotron Center, which represent the country in various international projects, have been allocated Rs 145.68 crore and Rs 109.08 crore respectively.

The Uranium Corporation of India Limited, which carries out exploration and mining of the nuclear fuel, has been allocated Rs 180.28 crore as against Rs 236 crore in the last financial year. (Agencies)



Compare that with the official DAE Demand Note:
http://indiabudget.nic.in/ub2007-08/eb/sbe5.pdf

http://indiabudget.nic.in/ub2008-09/eb/sbe4.pdf

A. The Budget allocations, net of recoveries, are given below:
(In crores of Rupees)

Code: Select all

           Budget 2007-2008          |           Revised 2007-2008       |         Budget 2008-2009
Major Head     Plan       Non-Plan  Total  |    Plan       Non-Plan    Total  |   Plan     Non-Plan     Total
Revenue       556.63  1187.71     1744.34  |   448.68     1324.17     1772.85   |  539.35     1426.50     1965.85
Capital     1590.22     462.29     2052.51  |   1237.42     492.73     1730.15  |   1418.65     523.50     1942.15
Total        2146.85     1650.00     3796.85 |    1686.10     1816.90     3503.00  |   1958.00     1950.00     3908.00



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/arti ... page-1.cms
Allocation for N-programme cut sharply
Subodh Varma, TNN 24 March 2008, 12:00am IST
NEW DELHI: Is the UPA government stifling the country's nuclear programme? In the Budget for 2008-09, allocations for the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) are Rs 1,333 crore less than last year's allocations.

This appears strange at a time when the government is projecting nuclear power as the answer to India's future energy needs.

Among the heads for which allocations have been cut are the Nuclear Fuels Complex, Heavy Water Board, Board for Radiation & Isotope Technology and the thorium plant.

Budgetary support for public sector enterprises, Nuclear Power Corporation and Bhartiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam, too has also been slashed. Funds for several premier research institutions have been reduced.

With Parliament in session and the dispute over the India-US nuclear deal still simmering, these cuts, indicative of policy choices, will require some tough explanations by the government.

Financial allocations for India's nuclear power programme and research are presented under two major heads or demands — "Atomic Energy" and "Nuclear Power Schemes" - in the Budget.

While outlay for "Atomic Energy" has been increased by a meagre 3% over last year, allocations for "Nuclear Power Schemes" have been slashed from Rs 2,333.15 crore in 2007-08 to Rs 889 crore this year - a cut of over Rs 1,444 crore.

When TOI sought his reaction to this development, Anil Kakodkar, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, said the cut in the budget would not affect any of the ongoing projects.

"Why only talk about our department? Similar cuts have been affected in other departments too," he said, while emphasizing that all the programmes were progressing satisfactorily. A spokesperson of DAE said the budget cut was done on the recommendation of the DAE itself.

Other top scientists differed. A D Damodaran, former head of the Nuclear Fuels Complex, said: "This causes grave apprehension about the intentions of the government, which is blindly pushing for the 123 Agreement".

(With inputs from Srinivas Laxman in Mumbai)




http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/arti ... page-1.cms



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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby Gerard » 01 Sep 2009 06:18

Namibia gives India access to 'world's best' uranium
“Among agreements that we signed today is the cooperation between us on uranium. I believe that we have the best uranium (in the world),” said Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba after discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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KSU to block mining move

Shillong, Aug. 31: The Khasi Students’ Union will serve a 15-day ultimatum on the Meghalaya government to change its earlier decision of allowing the Uranium Corporation of India Limited to carry out pre-development activities at the uranium mining sites in West Khasi Hills.

The ultimatum will come into effect from tomorrow.


http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090901/j ... 434470.jsp

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

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Now what was interim budget compred to last year:
DAE gets Rs 4835.28 crore, 2.59 pc less than previous fiscal

New Delhi, Feb 16 The Department of Atomic Energy was today allocated Rs 4,835.28 crore in the interim budget for 2009-10, about 2.59 per cent less than it received in the previous fiscal.
The interim budget presented in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed 11.63 per cent hike in the allocation for the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, the country's premier nuclear research facility. It has been allocated Rs 1,995.22 crore as against the previous fiscal's allotment of Rs 1,787.29 crore.

The Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam which is developing the indigenous Fast Breeder Reactor, got Rs 372.52 crore against Rs 362.44 crore the previous fiscal.

The Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology and the Variable Energy Cyclotron Center, which represent the country in various international projects, have been allocated Rs 145.68 crore and Rs 109.08 crore respectively.

The Uranium Corporation of India Limited, which carries out exploration and mining of the nuclear fuel, has been allocated Rs 180.28 crore as against Rs 236 crore in the last financial year. (Agencies)


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1. I guess newspapers have a story to sell - hence the need to sound a tad alarmist. The 2.59 per cent less allocation in 2009-10 is compared to the 'revised' estimate for 2008-09. If you compare 'budget' (2008-09) to 'budget' (2009-10) the allocation has actually increased. Who knows what will happen in the 2009-10 'revised'.

2. Even if you compare 'revised' 2008-09 to budget 2009-10 (which gives the 2.59 per cent less allocation), you notice that almost the entire variation is based on expected higher earnings by the Nuclear Fuel Complex (from around 740 crores to 1040 crore in 2009-10). How can that be bad? If the NFC is selling moer fuel to NPC - presumably means we are producing more fuel (see item 14 in attached).

http://indiabudget.nic.in/ub2009-10(I)/eb/sbe4.pdf

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Civilian nuclear deal with Canada on the anvil
India and Canada are on the verge of signing a civilian nuclear deal that will allow companies of both countries to access each other’s market, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sanda Pupatello said here on Thursday.

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby Sanatanan » 01 Sep 2009 11:17

Op Ed in Express Buzz, Sept 01, 2009:
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Is N-cooperation a myth ?

First Published : 01 Sep 2009 11:03:00 PM ISTLast Updated : 01 Sep 2009 12:50:02 AM IST

It took more than three years of hype, heated debate, twists and turns unprecedented in the history of the country to finalise the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. For India, perennially short of energy, the common perception that it should help accelerate nuclear contribution to energy demand through large-scale imports is understandable. But there is always a danger of the nuclear programme getting hooked on to the import dependency culture, deviating from the solid base of self-reliance so painstakingly built over more than five decades. {For many moons, and many an orbit of Mother Earth around the Sun now, I have been trying to articulate this point in this Forum.} This could slow down development of thorium technology as a result of possible diversion of available resources, including infrastructure, to an import-oriented power programme. It is also worth noting that the terms of the agreement carry as baggage a number of obnoxious and humiliating terms and conditions, implicit and explicit, for which the country may have to pay a heavy price, compromising its long-term interests both in energy independence and national security. One of the most disturbing aspects is the way the issue of full civil nuclear cooperation has been handled.

Nuclear power generation involves a host of complex, wide-ranging technologies, starting with uranium extraction and enrichment, fuel production, reactors, reprocessing of spent fuel to extract plutonium, plutonium recycle in advanced reactor systems like fast reactors, radioactive waste management, etc., each of which is a link in the full nuclear fuel cycle. It should be obvious even to a layman that cooperation cannot be called ‘full’ unless the cycle is devoid of missing links.

Denied critical technology and isolated ever since it conducted its first nuclear test in 1974, India steadfastly pursued the goal of long-term energy security and independence. Successful development of a mature uranium fuel cycle, at the same time making strides in the development of plutonium and thorium fuel cycles, bears testimony to this.

Recognising this, the Indo-US Joint Statement of July 18, 2005, clearly stated that India should be entitled to full civil nuclear cooperation and treated like other developed countries with advanced nuclear technology. But there has been an attempt throughout to selectively deny cooperation, particularly connected with uranium enrichment and fuel reprocessing, two important links of the fuel cycle (together termed as ENR technologies), thereby rendering full cooperation a mockery.

The US seems to have deliberately indulged in double-talk to keep India believing that it has a clean and unconditional waiver from the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for full civil nuclear cooperation. That the same group which passed the waiver in September 2008 has gone into a huddle behind closed doors on a rethink reveals the motives underlying the deal. Reports emanating from the recent G-8 deliberations indicate the direction in which the issue of full civil nuclear cooperation is being steered.

The stakes are high for the United States and other prospective suppliers to make the most of the potentially huge Indian reactor market. Strangely, supplier countries which are the real beneficiaries can dictate the terms and conditions. If ENR technologies are kept out of the purview of cooperation, the focus is only on commercially attractive power reactors, whither full civil nuclear cooperation? It could as well be called ‘Power Reactor Civil Nuclear Cooperation’! To add insult to injury, even this will be in jeopardy if India carries out a nuclear test in its national interest, though our government seems to derive comfort by giving a deliberate spin on this. Let us consider the implications of the impending denial of access to ENR-related technologies by the NSG.

Though both are important for India’s nuclear programme, reprocessing is absolutely crucial in its journey towards thorium utilisation. Reprocessing is a technologically complex step in the uranium nuclear fuel cycle where highly radioactive spent fuel discharged by nuclear reactors is processed to extract plutonium, a vital ingredient for fuelling fast reactors. India possesses the reprocessing technology, for both civil and military applications. Hence there is no logic in denying this on misplaced proliferation concerns, more so as the spent fuel from designated reactors is processed under IAEA safeguards. Instead of recognising this simple fact, ridiculous pre-conditions have been attached in the terms of the agreement.

With more than four decades of experience in reprocessing, being the fifth country in the world to acquire this technology ahead of China, Japan and some European countries, should India be subjected to this humiliation, practically begging for permission to reprocess? In spite of all this, India seems to be under the delusion that it has clearance for reprocessing.

Instead of considering this a matter of serious concern infringing on the country’s honour, bizarre arguments are being advanced to the effect that since we already have the technology, should we really bother? India is committed to reprocessing safeguarded spent fuel in a plant of advanced design.

The US interprets this to be a state-of-the-art plant and expects it to be of reference design of the Rokosho Mura plant in Japan and the EURATOM plant, both built with international collaboration. Constraining India to build its plant in isolation and denying access to supplies from the international market smacks of harassment.

India is proud of its capacity to design a plant large enough to process spent fuel from a number of reactors even if import is denied. However, the same cannot be said about the need for import of certain critical items of equipment and items not readily available within the country for a larger plant. {I believe that political will and far-sightedness of technology-managers are essential needs of the hour now and must be urgently harnessed, in resonance, to invest time, energy and funds in indigenising such of those high tech items that we do have as of now. What is urgently needed is a Nehru-Bhabha combination.}

With the expected onslaught of imported reactors, in which the Indian nuclear manufacturing industry will be fully engaged in some form or the other, they may find it economically unviable to divert resources to develop complex items for one-off reprocessing. {Cannot agree more!} Even if the industry is willing, it may not be allowed to enter into collaboration to undertake production with reprocessing on denial. Since India has been trapped into a commitment to build a reprocessing plant with advanced design features commensurate with international standards, there is every likelihood it will get stuck, not for technology, but for want of access to equipment.

The issue of full civil nuclear cooperation is being used to browbeat India. If India does not put its foot down and ensure from the NSG an unconditional waiver for full civil nuclear cooperation, there does not seem to be any hope that this deal will benefit the country. {I hold Dr. Prasad to be one amongst many "right thinking people"!}

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby arnab » 02 Sep 2009 10:09

From the above post,

I wonder how Dr Prasad reconciles this:

]But there is always a danger of the nuclear programme getting hooked on to the import dependency culture, deviating from the solid base of self-reliance so painstakingly built over more than five decades[/color].


with this.

If ENR technologies are kept out of the purview of cooperation, the focus is only on commercially attractive power reactors, whither full civil nuclear cooperation? It could as well be called ‘Power Reactor Civil Nuclear Cooperation’!


Assuming ENR is kept out, we won't have that 'import dependency' culture will we?


Next,

With the expected onslaught of imported reactors, in which the Indian nuclear manufacturing industry will be fully engaged in some form or the other, they may find it economically unviable to divert resources to develop complex items for one-off reprocessing


Is he joking? Indian PSUs run on 'economic viability'? Why is Air India still flying?

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby NRao » 05 Sep 2009 03:02

“Russia will not agree to curbs on technology transfer to India”

“Russia is guided by the nuclear cooperation pact it signed with India last year, which does not contain any restrictions on the transfer of technology or reprocessing of spent fuel,” the official said commenting on the U.S. efforts to ban the sale of enrichment and reprocessing equipment (ENR) to India.


The Russian official, who asked not to give his name, told The Hindu that Moscow would not abide by the G8 ban on ENR transfers in relation to India.

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby Gerard » 05 Sep 2009 20:51

Former Dy NSA wants India to sign CTBT
India must sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and push other nations to sign and ratify it said former deputy national securtity advisor and chairman of the joint intelligence committee Satish Chandra, on Friday.

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby Muppalla » 06 Sep 2009 06:56



This is a serious statement by an Army chief. Something is really bothering the armed forces and MI and their goals and thoughts are not same as GOI. I suspect a confrontation of thoughts is happening between Political+Babu and MI+Armed Forces+Nuke Scientists.

The messages are blurred but not that blurred for a keen eye.

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby JE Menon » 06 Sep 2009 16:42

You may be right Muppalla... and people like KS (both of them) seem to be caught somewhere in between... :-?

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby Gerard » 07 Sep 2009 01:33

India joins uranium exploration rush
“Indians are interested in exploring for uranium. At present, technical staff from both parties are busy with issues of how implementation will be carried out,” the Minister of Mines and Energy, Erkki Nghimtina, told New Era.

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby sanjaykumar » 08 Sep 2009 01:38

Hold on now, India has got it all wrong:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opi ... le1276807/

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby pgbhat » 09 Sep 2009 05:33

India scouring world for uranium
The strategy, spelt out in a government paper published last week, will see New Delhi reach out to Mongolia, Namibia and Kazakhstan besides traditional allies like Russia in its search for the ore that is refined into nuclear fuel.

At present, India gets less than three percent of its energy from atomic power, but aims to more than double its current capacity to 10,000 megawatts by 2012.

Though India's own uranium deposits are estimated at 70,000-100,000 tonnes, ‘it is too little when considering the huge energy needs’ of a fast-developing country with a billion-plus people, S.K. Malhotra, a spokesman for the department of atomic energy, told AFP.

‘The quality of ore is also not very good, which is why we need to import.’

Evidence of New Delhi's ‘uranium diplomacy’ kicking into gear came last week when India hosted Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and signed a pact enabling uranium sales to India as well as investment in Namibian mining.

The southern African country is ranked among the top producers of uranium behind Canada, Kazakhstan and Australia, with output representing about 10 percent of the world's production.


Indian President Pratibha Patil also made a week-long visit to the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan and to long-term ally Russia -- a supplier of nuclear fuel that has also been involved in the construction of atomic power plants in India.

‘Tajikistan is looking for partners in uranium mining and India sees this as an opportunity,’ a senior government official told AFP.

In Namibia, for example, India will face competition from Chinese, Russian and Western companies who are also interested in the country's rich deposits as governments around the world invest in nuclear power.

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Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Postby Gerard » 12 Sep 2009 02:59



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Uranium from Seawater

Postby Sanjay M » 12 Sep 2009 23:41

UK Researchers Develop Cheaper Way to Recover Uranium from Seawater

As an example, if pure inositol phosphate, bought from a commercial supplier is used, the cost of this process is $19.30 per gram of uranium recovered. If a cheaper source of inositol phosphate is used such as calcium phytate, the cost reduces to $0.14 for each gram of recovered uranium.

At 2007 prices, uranium cost $0.34/gram; it is currently $0.14/gram.


So we're talking about matching current international uranium prices??? :eek:

Is this for real?? If so, we're saved!


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