Nuclear Power KBL Technology to Cool 500 MW Fast Breeder Reactor
Kirloskar Brothers (KBL) today handed over its technological marvel to the first-of-its-kind 500MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) project in India underway by Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI).
Pune/India – BHAVINI, the wholly owned Enterprise of Government of India under the administrative control of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), is constructing India’s first 500MWe pool type, sodium cooled nuclear reactor in the country at Kalpakkam, 70 Kms away from Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
Dr. Prabhat Kumar, Chairman & Managing Director, BHAVINI flagged off the “First Primary Sodium Pumps (PSP)” from the 100 year old Kirloskarvadi plant of Kirloskar Brothers Ltd. The three PSPs manufactured in Kirloskarvadi – India’s second oldest industrial township – weigh 135 tons and they will handle 5.16 lakh liters of liquid Sodium per minute when installed at Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR). At 590 RPM (rotations per minute), these technological marvels will handle liquid sodium at 400°C to 550 °C.
Speaking at the occasion Sanjay Kirloskar, Chairman & Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd said, “It gives me immense satisfaction to see Kirloskar Brothers being at the forefront of technological advancements taking place in the Nuclear Power space. The vertical, single stage, top suction pumps are nothing but an alternate to imports. Today I can proudly say: we can.”