"This September, the unit will be connected to the southern power grid, generating around 30 percent of the total capacity. Full power generation is expected to begin around April 2016," P Chellapandi, chairman and managing director said.

BHAVINI is setting up the country's first indigenously designed 500 MW prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam, around 80 km from Chennai.

A breeder reactor is one that breeds more material for a nuclear fission reaction than it consumes. The PFBR will be fueled by a blend of plutonium and uranium oxide, called MOX fuel.

"The physical progress achieved by the PFBR is 98 percent. The balance is mainly intellectual or knowledge inputs," Chellapandi said.

He reiterated that there are no external items that are needed for the project's completion. He said various stages of the project are being tested and officials from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) are regularly visiting the project.

The successful commissioning of the reactor will be a big feather in the cap of Indian nuclear scientists. The PFBR is designed by Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR).

If PFBR gets commissioned this calendar year then it will be the second mega atomic power plant that would go on stream in Tamil Nadu giving the much needed relief to the power starved state.

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