The Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research has established the presence of 63,269 tonnes of Uranium U -308 in Tummalapalle area,Kadappa District in Andhra Pradesh. This was revealed by Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office Sh V Narayanasamy in the lower house.
The uranium resource in the country is currently estimated to be 1,47,898 tonnes. Andhra Pradesh posses the highest known reserves with 66,205 tons. Jharkhand is know to have second highest estimates with 48,074 tonnes. Other states are Chattisgarh (3,986), Himachal Pradesh (784), Karnataka (4,682), Maharashtra (355), Meghalaya (17,252), Rajasthan (5,675) and Uttar Pradesh (885). 1 tonne of U3O8 produces 0.848 tonnes of Uranium metal.
India has stepped up measures to maximize the production of Uranium from the operating mines at Jaduguda, Bhatin, Narwapahar, Turamdih, Bagjata & Banduhurang. The processing plants at Jaduguda and Turamdih in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand are also being ramped. A new mill and a processing plant is expected to be commissioned towards the end of XI plan period at Tummalapalle in Kadappa district of Andhra Pradesh. New projects are being taken up in Gogi in Karnataka, KPM in Meghalaya and Lambapur in Andhra Pradesh during XI plan period. The production from these projects are expected in XII plan period. AMD is exploring uranium deposits at Tumallapalle-Rachkuntapalle, Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh; Rohil, Sikar district in Rajasthan; Wahkut and Umthungkut in Meghalaya; Gogi, Gulburga district in Karnataka; and Sinridungari –Banadungri and Bangurdih, Singhbhum district in Jharkhand.
The indigenous Uranium resources are adequate to fuel reactors of the capacity of about 10,000MWe, says the government. There was no export of Uranium during last three years and in the same time frame, Indian imported Uranium from three countries namely France, Russia and Kazakhstan to the tune of 300, 625 and 600 tonnes respectively. The imported fuel can be used only in 7 reactors under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.