India is developing a high temperature nuclear reactor in a bid to look beyond the west for nuclear fuel, the Asian Tribune reported.

Central Asia and Africa are being tapped as possible sources, the chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India, Anil Kakodkar said, according to the paper.

India has already made deals with France for 300 tons of nuclear fuel. Another deal for nuclear fuel supply with Russia is also in place.

The supplies will help the country increase installed capacity to over 55% from the current. India aims to achieve 70% capacity utilisation by the end of next year.

According to Kakodkar the Department of Atomic Energy is looking for sites to set up new nuclear plants following more availability of uranium.