Business Today - - THE BUZZ - - P.B. Jayaku­mar

IN­DIA'S nu­clear busi­ness is wit­ness­ing ex­cite­ment. The gov­ern­ment re­cently an­nounced that it was fast-track­ing the con­struc­tion of 10 units of in­dige­nous Pres­sur­ized Heavy Wa­ter Re­ac­tors (PHWRs). These have a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 7,000 MW. In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the Nu­clear Power Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia (NPCIL) and French com­pany EDF, which took over the Jaitha­pur nu­clear project, are likely to sign an agree­ment for six 1,650 MW re­ac­tors. Else­where, the Ku­danku­lam nu­clear power plant in Tamil Nadu, with two 1,000 MW units, is likely to see one 1,000 MW nu­clear power unit get­ting com­mis­sioned ev­ery year be­tween 2023 and 2026 (units 3 to 6). In­dia has nu­clear power ca­pac­ity of 6,780 MWs. An­other

6,700 MW is ex­pected to come on- stream by


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