India will build 10 new reactors in huge boost to nuclear power

Andrew Cummings
May 19, 2017

To ramp up nuclear power generation in the country, the Union Cabinet today cleared a proposal to build ten indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors.

"The project will help transform Indian nuclear industry by linking our goal of a strong nuclear power sector with our indigenous industrial capacities in high-end technologies", Goyal said.

According to a Cabinet release on Wednesday, the total installed capacity of the 10 PHWR plants would be 7000 MW, resulting in a significant augmentation of nuclear power generation capacity within the country.

India will develop 10 heavy water nuclear reactors - a plan the government says will generate business worth 70,000 crores and create 33,000 jobs.

The approval for the 10 plants, each of 700MW, was given by the Union Cabinet, chaired by prime minister Shri Narendra Modi.

It also supports India's commitment to sustainable development, energy self-sufficiency and bolsters global efforts to combat climate change, he said. Building 10 reactors will also boost the nuclear power sector whose contribution to India's energy mix is a mere 3.5% from an installed capacity of 6780 MW from 22 reactors. In 2014, India's nuclear power generation capacity was 4,780 MW.

Refuting a media report that suggested that India was holding back the MoU to make Russian Federation use its influence over China to enable India's membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said: "The report is completely baseless, incorrect and mischievous".

A 2008 civilian nuclear deal with the U.S. followed by a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group saw India gaining access to the nuclear energy market and getting into initial agreements with countries, which ranged from the setting up of nuclear reactors to uranium imports.

Each reactor will have the capacity to produce 700 MW of electricity. The treaty removed many sanctions imposed on India after the country had announced its nuclear weapons capability in 1974.

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