In the wake of the nuclear crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) will soon start upgrading safety systems in the country's 20 nuclear reactors.
Based on an interim report submitted to the Department of Atomic Energy last week, the Corporation has recommended that the two old boiling water reactors at Tarapur — similar to those at Fukushima — will have nitrogen in the primary containment that houses the fuel rods and an advance Tsunami warning system.
“We will start implementing the recommendations and the process of purchase orders has started. As many details from Fukushima are still not known, we will undertake another reasse-ssment when we have all the details,” said SK Jain, chairman and managing director, NPCIL.
There will be arrangements for quick supply of additional cooling water through an external source to all reactor cooling systems and mobile diesel driven pumping units. “These provisions can be used on-the-fly as they can be connected whenever and wherever needed," said an NPCIL official.