NEW DELHI, July 21 (Xinhua) -- India has said that it imported 600 tonnes of uranium from Russia and Canada last year to fuel nuclear plants in this country.
India's junior Atomic Energy Minister Jitendra Singh said that uranium was imported from those countries under bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreements.
"India imported over 345 tonnes of uranium from Russia and 250 tonnes from Canada during 2015-16," Singh told the Parliament Wednesday.
He added: "India had imported 297 metric tonnes of uranium in 2014-15 also from TVEL, a subsidiary of Russia's state-owned atomic energy corporation Rosatom."
Nuclear power is the fourth-largest source of electricity in India after thermal, hydroelectric and renewable sources.
India has 21 operational nuclear reactors and six under construction, which use uranium as fuel.
The nuclear component of India's energy production is currently under 3 percent at 6,000 MW. By 2032, India expects to have 45,000 MW nuclear capacity, provided it has assured uranium fuel supplies.