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New reactors under IAEA safeguards: Decision will be based on source of uranium, says official

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will decide on the number of new reactors to be placed under only after assessing if these will be fuelled by uranium procured from abroad, a senior said.

There are at present 22 operational reactors, of which 14 are under the Agency (IAEA) safeguards as these use imported fuel.

In 2017, the government sanctioned 10 new pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR) and a decision on these being put under has to be taken, the said.

The 10 reactors are being installed in Kaiga in Karnataka, Chutka in Madhya Pradesh, Gorakhpur in Haryana, and Mahi Banswara in

"We have recently signed an agreement to procure uranium from We will take a call only after assessing the position of the imported fuel and domestic uranium," the said.

currently imports uranium from Russia, and Plans are also afoot to procure the fuel from and

By placing the reactors under the IAEA safeguards, gives the international nuclear watchdog access to them. This step was taken by the country in 2014 to demonstrate that its nuclear programme was for peaceful purposes.

This is a necessary step under the Indo-US nuclear deal.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 18:55 IST
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