Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Andhra Pradesh nuclear fuel advantage

* Uranium mines have been proposed at Lambapur and Peddagattu in Nalgonda district way back in 2005. Work on these mines is yet to start.

* Environmental clearance has been obtained for Lambapur-Peddagattu project. One open cut and three small underground mines have been proposed in the belt.

* Work on the underground mine and mill at Tummalapalle in Kadapa district has been going on and the project is expected to be ready by 2013.

* Uranium and thorium reserves have been identified in Nalgonda, Kadapa and Mahbubnagar districts. Further reconnaissance studies have to be taken up.

* Andhra Pradesh has the advantage of having nuclear reserves and processing units in the form of Nuclear Fuel Complex and the proposed mill at Tummalapalle. It has a heavy water plant in Khammam district. The Atomic Minerals Directorate, which conducts research on atomic mineral reserves, is also located in

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