New fuel assembly

Russia has offered a new type of fuel assembly for the reactors at the Kudankulam power plant which will increase the period between replacements by 10 months and save millions of dollars in downtime while the process is on. The present fuel assemblies used in Kudankulam need replacement after around eight months. The new version however will need replacement only after around a year and a half, Oleg A Grigoryev, Vice President of TVEL, the company through which Rosatom, the Russian atomic power corporation supplies fuel, said on the sidelines of the Atomexpo in Moscow.

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