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Land acquisition for nuclear power plant to begin today

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

From the Times of India

October 14, 2009

MUMBAI: The process for acquiring 938 hectares of land for setting up Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Konkan will start on Thursday. The project, to be implemented with the help of France, will equip India with six European pressurised water reactors (EPRs). The EPRs are a third generation design, with each plant having a capacity of up to 1,600 MW.

The project is estimated to be over in 10-12 years, following which 10,000 MW of electricity would be generated, said S K Jain, chairman and managing director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) on Wednesday.

According to Jain, the technical specifications for the first two EPRs would be decided within a month and techno-commercial negotiations would be over by this year end. He said the environmental studies have been completed and the project would receive environmental clearance from the union government in the next six to eight months.

The work on the project is expected to start by the next year end, Jain said. The Memorandum of Understanding for supply of reactors was signed in February. The NPCIL said the project would aim at 80% indigenisation, though this would vary according to the costs involved.

Indian companies like L&T, BHEL and HCC would participate in the project. According to J K Ghai, director (finance), NPCIL, the first phase would cost around Rs 35,000 crore. Of the total land, 700 hectares would be for plant site.

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