The Second Unit (1000 MW) of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) went into commercial operation on 31 March, 2017. With this, the installed nuclear power capacity has become 6780 MW.
The Government of India has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for taking up construction of 10 indigenous PHWRs of 700 MW in fleet mode and establishing 2 more reactors at Kudankulam. This initiative is expected to go a long way in reviving our sagging high technology industries by ensuring continuity of orders.
The construction of KKNPP Units 3 & 4 has commenced with the First Pour of Concrete on the 29th of June 2017.
In the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) front, after completion of construction, the commissioning activities are making steady progress while fulfilling all the safety requirements.
India has signed Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement with Bangladesh in April this year along with two more complementary Agreements. India is collaborating with Russian and Bangladeshi partners on establishing Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh.
There has been all round improvement of many PSUs and Industrial Units.
The Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) achieved second highest production. This could be achieved in spite of many hurdles.
Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) has also given highest ever production of fuel elements, zirconium sponge, and other materials.
This year the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) has bagged record orders, especially due to election related equipment and fuses for Indian Army. Their turnover was also one of the highest.
Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT) has achieved its highest ever sales turnover and has been able to supply the radio-isotopes to every corner of the country.
Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) has seen a turnaround from major losses to moderate profit during this year. Their turnover has also increased significantly during this period. This happened in spite of various constraints faced by them.