Scientists welcome government nod to 10 indigenous atomic reactors

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 20, 2017

India's Top nuclear scientists on Friday hailed the government's decision to launch mega projects for 10 indigenous nuclear reactors.

The Union Cabinet had earlier this week cleared a proposal to indigenously build 10 atomic reactors, the largest ever approval granted for such facilities in one go.

The total share of nuclear power in the country now stands at a measly 3.5 per cent.

India now has 22 power plants in operation with a total installed nuclear power capacity of 6,780MW.

In July 2014, the government set a target of taking nuclear power capacity to over 14,000 MW by 2024.

Goyal said the move will boost domestic industry manufacturing orders by almost Rs. 70,000 crore and is expected to generate more than 33,400 jobs in direct and indirect employment. India approved the construction of ten 700 MWe units in a "significant decision to fast-track India's domestic nuclear power program".

The decision comes against the backdrop of recent troubles for India's worldwide collaborations in nuclear projects. It said the ten new units would be a "fully homegrown initiative", with likely manufacturing orders to Indian industry of about INR 700 billion ($11 billion).

"It supports India's commitment to sustainable development, energy self-sufficiency and bolsters global efforts to combat climate change", he said. "It underscores the mastery our nuclear scientists have attained over all aspects of indigenous PHWR technology", it added.

It said the 10 reactors will be part of India's latest design of 700 MW PHWR fleet and will have state-of-art technology that will meet the highest standards of safety. "India's record of building and operating PHWR reactors over the last almost 40 years is globally acclaimed", the release said.

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