In­dia Hopes to Rely on Nu­clear Power for 25 per cent of its En­ergy Needs Within a Decade

India Strategic - - INDUSTRY -

NEW DELHI. In­dia is pre­par­ing to mar­ket cheap and cost­ef­fec­tive nu­clear re­ac­tor tech­nol­ogy to the world. A se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cial said that In­dia was look­ing to ex­port Pres­surised Heavy Water Re­ac­tor (PWHR) tech­nol­ogy.

Rana­jit Ku­mar, Head of the Nu­clear Con­trol and Plan­ning wing of the De­part­ment of Atomic En­ergy, says “In­dia is in a po­si­tion to pass on the PWHR tech­nol­ogy to coun­tries look­ing to ob­tain cheap and cost-ef­fec­tive re­ac­tors. The cur­rent PWHR re­ac­tors have the ca­pac­ity to gen­er­ate be­tween 220 MW and 700 MW of power.”

Ku­mar did not dis­close the names of coun­tries which had ex­pressed an in­ter­est in In­dian nu­clear tech­nol­ogy. Sources told In­dia Strate­gic that In­dia would start work on 16 new re­ac­tors within five years. These re­ac­tors would have a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 16,100 MWe. Out of these six­teen, eight re­ac­tors will be based on in­dige­nous PHWRs tech­nol­ogy, with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 5,600 MWe. Four re­ac­tors will be in­stalled in the north­ern state of Haryana. Dr Ji­ten­dra Singh, In­dia’s Min­is­ter of State for Atomic En­ergy, said, “The one nu­clear power plant be­ing set up in Haryana will be­come op­er­a­tional by about next year, at a cost of just $0.09 or ` 6 per unit.”

Dr Singh said that within the next ten years, In­dia hopes to gen­er­ate at least 25 per­cent of its en­ergy us­ing nu­clear power plants. The cen­tral govern­ment is look­ing at pos­si­ble sites in the north­ern states of Ut­tarak­hand, Pun­jab and Haryana for set­ting up new atomic power plants, he added.

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