Mumbai: With exports of nuclear grade heavy water to South Korea, China and recently to the US, the Heavy Water Board (HWB) has reached an enviable position in its 18 years of existence.
“We have reached a new high by entering into a contract for the first time with Spectra Gases Inc, USA for supply of 4,400 kg of nuclear grade heavy water to make deuterated compounds ,” HWB Chief Executive A L N Rao said in his address on the occasion of Board’s 18th anniversary here yesterday.
The Board, which is part of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), has been recognised by the world community as a top heavy water producer, he said.
Although India has exported nuclear grade heavy water seven times to South Korea and once to China, “this is the first time we have exported it to US,” Rao pointed out.
Rao said capacity utilisation of heavy water plants till December 2006 was 113 per cent and they saved over Rs 700 crore in reaching upto 36 per cent of specific energy consumption.
He informed that HWB has initiated a few programmes under the non-nuclear applications of deuterium in the fields of medicine and telecommunications.
For example, deuterium substituted polymers have shown outstanding signal transmission characteristics with reduced loss of intensity and better transmission efficiency when used in optical fibres, Rao said.