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Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu will benefit first

September 11, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sujay Mehdudia in The Hindu

September 11, 2008

France’s Areva will set up plant in Ratnagiri district

Koodankulam can accommodate 6 more plants

NEW DELHI: With India getting waiver from the Nuclear Supplies Group, the immediate beneficiaries of nuclear power generation will be Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, where mega plants have been planned.

In a related development, the Congress government in Haryana, trying to cash in on the euphoria over the India-U.S. nuclear deal, has submitted a proposal to the Centre for setting up a plant. “The proposal “will receive active consideration. A number of other States have also shown interest in setting up nuclear power plants for clean energy and proposals are likely to flow once the U.S. Congress gives its nod for the deal,” Minister of State for Power Jairam Ramesh said here.
Site selected

Mr. Ramesh said Jaitapur in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra would see the establishment of a 10,000-MWe plant by French vendor Areva. The site selection and in-principle approval were completed by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and other formalities were being gone through. Jaitapur had the potential for eight units of 1200-MWe each or 10 units of 1,000 MWe each or six units of 1,600 Mwe each.

Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu, which now had two Russian reactors of 1,000 MWe each, was capable of accommodating six more plants of the same capacity. Talks for this would now be initiated with Russian companies. “The Russians have already promised two reactors and preparations are on at the site for these two,” he said.

The Koodankulam Russian plants cost around Rs. 6,500 crore each and the tariff calculated was Rs. 2.30 to 2.40 a unit of electricity.
Potential vendors

The Minister said nuclear commerce would begin with Russia, France and with the U.S. after Congress ratified the agreement. Other potential vendors of light water reactors and uranium could be Kazakhstan, Mongolia, the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Central Africa and Niger. Owing to inadequate supply of uranium, the nuclear power plants in the country, with an installed capacity of 4,120 MWe, were generating only 40-50 per cent of their existing capacity.

“The government will soon put into action the process to import the additional fuel so that the plants can run at full capacity bringing in an additional 2,000 MWe.”

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