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India to set up four more nuclear power plants to generate 6, 800 MW

September 24, 2005 Leave a comment

M Rama Rao in Asian Tribune

September 24, 2005

New Delhi: Close on the heels of an agreement with the US for nuclear technology transfer for civilian purposes, Indian cabinet has decided to set up four nuclear power plants that will generate 6,800 MWs.

One of these will be a pressurized heavy water reactor plant of two units at Kakrapar in Gujarat where India’s rail head for Pakistan is to be opened by January. The rail line from Kakrapar will connect Munnabao on the Pakistan side and re-0pen the traditional route for interaction between Sindh in Pakistan and Gujarat and Rajasthan on the Indian side.

The Kakrapar plant will be designed to produce 1400 MW of nuclear power and meet the growing power demand in the industrial belt o Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Rajasthan too will get a pressurized heavy water reactor to produce another 1400MWs

The other nuclear power plants, for which the Indian cabinet has given in principle approval will be located at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu (2×1,000MW light water reactors), and Jaitapur in Maharashtra (2×1,000MW light water reactors).

‘With the setting up of these four plants, the total nuclear power capacity in the northern, western and southern regions of the country will go up considerably,’ cabinet spokesman and Minister for Information and Broadcasting S Jaipal Reddy told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

India has at present 14 working nuclear power plants; another nine are being built at Tarapur in Maharashtra, Rawatbhata in Rajasthan, Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, Narora in Uttar Pradesh, Kaiga in Karnataka and Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.

Four new nuclear power projects on the anvil

September 8, 2005 Leave a comment

From the Financial Express

September 08, 2005

The department of atomic energy has sought the Cabinet committee on political affairs’ approval for setting up four new nuclear power stations at Kakrapar in Gujarat, Kundankulam in Tamil Nadu, Jaitapur in Maharashtra and Rawatbhata in Rajasthan.

Two of these projects are pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) of 1,400 mw capacity each (comprising two units of 700 mw each) while the other two are light water reactors (LWRs) of 2,000 mw each (comprising two units of 1,000 mw each). The PHWRs use natural uranium as fuel and the LWRs use low enriched uranium which is imported.

Sources said another approval to set up a 300 mw advanced heavy water reactor (AHWR) will also be taken up soon after finalising the exclusion zone requirement with the regulatory authorities.

“The current proposal before the cabinet is only for clearance of the sites. Final project approvals would be sought only after fuel linkage co-operation agreements are firmed up with vendor countries,” said a senior government official.

The possibility of setting up additional LWRs in co-operation with the Russia is also being discussed. “To utilise the full potential of Kumdankulam site in Tamil Nadu, this site has been recommended for additional LWRs to be set up in co-operation with the Russian Federation,” the official said.

The PHWRs, presently under construction in India are of 540 mw capacity. However, as the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) has completed development work for the 700 mw PHWR, all future PHWR units would have a similar capacity.

At present, 14 nuclear power reactors are in operation with a combined capacity of 2,820 mw and nine reactors are under construction at seven sites with a cumulative capacity of 4,460 mw.