‘Need to fully tap minerals to bridge power supply gap’

Staff Reporter
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Atomic minerals do not have any perceptible impact, says official

P.S. Parihar
P.S. Parihar

The country has enough reserves of uranium and other atomic minerals required for power generation and they need to be fully tapped if the electricity demand-supply gap is to be curtailed.

Dispel wrong notions

The deficit currently stands at 15 Giga Watts and it is expected to reach 400 GW by the year 2050. If this situation is to be averted, greater emphasis has to be laid on nuclear and renewable energies while efforts are made to dispel wrong notions about safety of nuclear power.

In this context, the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration & Research of the Department of Atomic Energy at Hyderabad is actively scouting for new deposits of uranium which have already been found in abundance in Kadapa and Nalgonda districts.

The Department could so far establish 72,000 tons of uranium in Kadapa district and approximately 20,000 tons in Nalgonda and there are reserves that look promising in Nallamala forests which could not be immediately accessed, said P.S. Parihar, Director of AMD.

He is of the view that increasing the share of nuclear (2.7 per cent) and renewables (10.42 per cent) in electricity generation is a must to meet the burgeoning demand.

Delivering a lecture on ‘Insights into uranium exploration: Indian perspective’ in the A.P Science Congress at Acharya Nagarjuna University on Friday, Mr. Parihar said exploration of uranium had almost been completed in a span of 15 sq. km around Tummalapalle in Kadapa district while the total prospected area was well over 160 sq. km. These reserves were considered unique in the world due to their quality.

Earlier, Mr. Parihar said India had sizable deposits of uranium and larger quantities of thorium contained in beach sands and both were being explored using latest technologies.

  • India has enough deposits of uranium required for nuclear power generation

  • Nallamala forests have promising reserves of uranium but not accessible

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