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