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India`s nuclear capacity to be increased to 17,080 MW by 2022


Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC) on Tuesday said that the nuclear capacity only through indigenous reactors and reactors with international cooperation will be increased to 17,080 MW by 2022 from the present level of 5,780 MW.

DAE and NPC officials were responding to the Prime MinisterNarendra Modi during his visit at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) on Monday setting an ambitious target of increasing the capacity by three times from the present level of 5780 MW by 2023-24 within the projected cost.


The list of projects include Kakrapar 3&4 (2x700 MW), Rajasthan 7&8 (2x700 MW), Kudankulam unit II (1,000 MW), Kalpakkam (500 MW PFBR by Bhavini), Harayana (2x700 MW), Rajasthan (2x700 MW), Madhya Pradesh at two separate sites (4x700 MW) and Kaiga 5& 6 (2x700 MW). These projects are under variou stages of development.


Incidentally, DAE and NPC are not taking into account reactors with international cooperation proposed at Jaitapur, Maharashtra (2x1650 MW), Kovvada, Andhra Pradesh (2x1,500 MW) and Mithi Virdi, Gujarat (2x1,100 MW). Negotiations between NPC and foreign suppliers for these reactors are currently going on.


DAE spokesman SK Malhotra told Business Standard ''The capacity addition of 10,000 MW by NPC and 500 MW by Bhavini through indigenous reactors and reactors with international cooperation are underway. The capacity by these reactors alone will be increased to 17,080 MW by 2022. The Kudankulam unit I (1,000 MW) has already been commissioned and in next six months unit II (1,000 MW) is expected to go on steam. ''However, he said that the issues relating to liability law which is applicable to Indian equipment suppliers are being addressed.


NPC's former distinguished scientist S Thakur said that the challenge is to discover an economic model and amicable solutions on other issues including liability. However, he claimed that augmentation of nuclear capacity both through indigenous and collaboration with foreign partners is possible.


DK Mittal, BARC's former scientist said as far as funds are concerned, it is possible to mobilize it either through bonds and private participation. ''Our nuclear engineers and scientists are capable of achieving the target with the government support,'' he noted.