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'Probe into heavy water leak in Kakrapar atomic reactor on'

India's atomic power plant operator NPCIL has two 220 MW units at KAPS. The second unit is under maintenance shut-down since July 2015

 

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has started investigating the reasons for leak of heavy water at its 220 MW reactor at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) in Gujarat, said a senior official.
 
"We have started our investigations and corrective action will be done after that," L.K. Jain, site director, Gujarat, told IANS over phone on Monday.
 
On restarting of power generation, he said it will take some time but not very long.
 
On the morning of March 11, the first reactor at KAPS shut down automatically following leakage of heavy water from its coolant channel. The leak was plugged ten days later.
 
Once the inspection of the affected reactor is done, then the channel has to be cut and sent to a lab for testing.
 
A senior official of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) told IANS that the coolant channel has to be cut without disturbing the leak spot.
 
Queried whether NPCIL can restart the reactor with or without new coolant channel, AERB chairman S.A. Bhardwaj had earlier told IANS: "Both options are possible. The affected channel is low power one."
 
As the reactor has 306 channels and each channel has 12 fuel bundles, the absence of one channel and a bundle will not cut down the power output if the reactor is restarted, he said.
 
The NPCIL has the take the call as it has to complete its probe into the leakage of heavy water and the kind of damage that the coolant channel has suffered, Bhardwaj had said.
 
As the affected channel is in the reactor's core area, it has to be removed carefully due to radiation and transported to a lab following the laid down procedures.
 
The affected channel needs radiation shielding. The equipments have to be brought in and set up for removing the affected channel.
 
Most probably, the coolant channel will be sent to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai for study.
 
The coolant channel at the affected reactor was changed only in 2011.
 
At present, KAPS Unit 1 is in cold shut-down state.
 
India's atomic power plant operator NPCIL has two 220 MW units at KAPS. The second unit is under maintenance shut-down since July 2015.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
 

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Tata Steel to sell Europe long products units to Greybull

Long products include wire rods, rails and billets used by construction, engineering, energy and automotive industries

 
Tata Steel announced an agreement to sell its long products Europe business to investment firm Greybull Capital for a "nominal" consideration. The long products Europe business employs 4,800 people -- 4,400 in the UK and 400 in France.
 
"The sale for a nominal consideration, would be in exchange for Greybull Capital taking on the whole of the business, including assets and relevant liabilities, and securing an appropriate funding package," the company said in a statement.
 
"The deal will be completed once a number of outstanding conditions have been resolved, including transfer of contracts, certain Government approvals and the satisfactory completion of financing arrangements."
 
Long products include wire rods, rails and billets used by construction, engineering, energy and automotive industries. Flat products include coils, and heavy plates used for automotives, heavy machinery, pipes, tubes, construction, packaging and appliances.
 
"This sale is the best possible outcome for employees who have worked relentlessly to ensure the business’s survival, and helped to make it attractive to a potential buyer," said Bimlendra Jha, executive chairman of the stand-alone long products Europe business.
 
The pact follows an accelerated process of talks between Tata Steel UK and Greybull Capital, and considered an important milestone on the road toward continuing steelmaking in Scunthorpe and steel processing in other locations in the UK and France.
 
The sale covers several UK-based assets including the Scunthorpe steelworks, two mills in Teesside, an engineering workshop in Workington, a design consultancy in York, and associated distribution facilities, as well as a mill in northern France.
 
"Under these current challenging conditions in Europe with soaring levels of imports from China, we are happy Tata Steel UK and Greybull Capital have entered the final stage of completion of the sale of shareholding in longs steel UK," said Hans Fischer, chief executive for Tata Europe.
 
"This transaction will offer a future for long Products Europe business and its 4,400 employees.”
 
Having suffered nearly $3 billion in losses on its UK operations, Tata Steel had said this month that it will explore options to put its entire portfolio there up for sale, some 10 years after it forayed into Europe by acquiring the Anglo-Dutch Corus for over $8.1 billion.

 

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