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Long-Awaited Milestone: Fuel Loading Begins at India’s Prototype Fast Nuclear Reactor

Fuel loading at the domestically developed PFBR site (Figure 1) adjacent to the Madras Atomic Power Station was witnessed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 4. “Upon completion of the core loading, the first approach to criticality will be achieved, leading to the generation of power subsequently,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. Once commissioned, India will be one of only a handful of countries with an operating commercial fast-breeder reactor (FBR).

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