The Rs3,492-crore 500 MW prototype fast breeder reactor
(PFBR) being built by Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nagam
Limited (Bhavini) is progressing as per schedule. (See:
November, the reactor safety vessel will be lowered into
the reactor vault. Fabricated by Larsen & Toubro Limited
(L&T) at the project site, the safety vessel measures
13.4 metres in diameter and 13.4 metres high with a dish
Prabhat Kumar, project director, "For the first time
in India, a reactor safety vessel has been fabricated
at the project site."
safety vessel for the 500 MW prototype fast breeder reactor
(PFBR) will be lowered into the reactor vault during the
first week of November, 2007 at Kalpakkam. The vessel
outer will be stacked with 0.1 mm thick mirror polish
stainless steel plates that would act as the thermal insulation.
to Kumar orders for all the major equipments has been
placed and whatever remains will be bought as the project
components like main reactor vessel, inner vessel, steam
generator and primary pipe will be received from L&T
soon. The company will also assemble the reactor roof
at the project site.
power equipment major Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
has bagged the Rs530 crore order to supply turbo generator
and related equipment.
the Hyderabad MTR will supply control plug, grid plate,
control safety rod drive mechanism (CSRDM) and diverse
safety rod drive mechanism (DSRDM), the Pune based Walchand
Nagar Industries has bagged the orders for core catcher
and core support structure. Kirloskar Brothers will supply
the pumps for the reactor.
about the civil structure Kumar says, around 1 lakh cubic
metre of concreting has been completed. "Not even
one honey comb structure in the concrete was found. We
have not missed any reinforcement and there are no reinforcement
Mumbai based Gammon India Limited has won the civil construction
order from Bhavini.