India Nuclear Energy 2016
Expo propels the country’s potential as a civil nuclear power
UBM India inaugurated the 8th edition of its flagship international exhibition and summit, themed ‘Exploring Infinity in an Atom: Vision 2032’ for the Civil Nuclear Energy sector, India Nuclear Energy (INE) at Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai. The two-day exhibition and summit exclusively dedicated to supporting and promoting growth and development of the Civil Nuclear Energy industry is the only one of its kind. INE is co-organised by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and supported by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
The INE 2016 inauguration witnessed an august gathering of dignitaries and industry leaders. Much celebrated scientist Dr RB Grover was chief guest along with an exclusive address by Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India. The list of dignitaries also included Milan Hovorka, Head of the Czech Republic Embassy in New Delhi, Andrei Zhiltsov, Consul General of Russia in Mumbai, Alexey Pimenov – CEO Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM), South Asia, and Vakisasai Ramany, Senior Vice President – Development - New Nuclear Projects and Engineering EDF, France.
The expo, with over 60 exhibitors, brought together senior officials from DAE, NPCIL, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), World Nuclear Association (WNA), ROSATOM, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and corporates such as Walchandnagar Industries, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd , L& T Special Steels and Heavy Forging Pvt Ltd from the civil nuclear industry. INE endeavours to showcase the latest offerings and technologies including innovations, system optimisations, maintenance and condition monitor- ing equipment from industry suppliers for the civil nuclear industry. It also provides opportunities for national and international companies to interact and network with exhibitors from countries such as France, Russia, Canada, Korea, USA, Finland and India to tap the huge potential of domestic nuclear sector. The event was also marked by insightful conference sessions on both days. Day 1 observed discussions on the theme –‘Exploring Infinity in an Atom: Vision 2032’ besides a round-table discussion on the roadmap to achieve the ambitious target of 63,000 MW by 2032. It also included panel discussions on topics such as – ‘Spelling Out the Supply Chain: Manufacturer’s Perspective’ , ‘Recovering, Reprocessing and Recycling: The fundamental significance of Nuclear Fuel & Material in ensuring a smooth supply’ and ‘Reiterating the Obvious: The importance of Technology Transfer, Training and Skill Development’. A number of technical presentations on key issues supplemented the discussions. B2B speed meetings and onsite engagement meetings with leading companies in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPCs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system builders and end-user category also ensued.
Day 2 was marked by a special seminar by ROSATOM on ‘Public Acceptance – Role of Professional Bodies’. Topics of the sessions included, ‘Ecology and Safety of Atomic Energy’, ‘Radiation Technologies’ and ‘Public Acceptance as an Integral Part of Nuclear Industry Infrastructure,’ besides a session on ‘e-Portal Registration’ by NPCIL – and ‘State Vendor Development programme’ by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises development Institute, Government of India (MSME).
On announcement of INE’s 8th edition, Yogesh Mudras, MD, UBM India had said, “India has set itself the challenge of meeting the target of 63 GWe power generation capacity by 2032. Naturally, collaborations and insights on how to achieve the same has become the need of the hour. By achieving the target, it aims to supply 25% of electricity from nuclear power by 2050.”
In this scenario, the INE comes as a timely show by bringing together prominent organisations and professionals from across the globe to discuss the future, latest developments, business opportunities, policies and procedures in the Indian Civil Nuclear Energy market.