India plans to increase reprocessing capacity

In an interview published in The Hindu on October 28, 2012, Sekhar Basu, Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), said that India is working on expanding the capacity of the reprocessing plant in Kalpakkam:

We are almost doubling the [reprocessing plant] capacity at Kalpakkam [near Chennai]. The Kalpakkam plant will reprocess fuel from [reactors based in] South [India] and is likely to be operational by 2014.

The plant's current capacity is estimated to be 100 MTHM/year. The expansion was also mentioned in an interview that Srikumar Banerjee, chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India, gave last year - he mentioned "a fairly large [reprocessing] facility" that is being built near Kalpakkam as well as other projects.