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India to employ local nuclear reactor technology

New Delhi, India is turning to local nuclear reactor innovations to provide one quarter of the nation’s power needs at a cost that is affordable and sustainable.

According to Ranajit Kumar, Head of the Nuclear Control and Planning wing of the Department of Atomic Energy, the country has developed Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) technology, which it has tabled for export.

“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 220MW and 700MW of power.”

Nuclear reactors to deliver reliable power

Sputnik news reported that according to sources, “India would start work on 16 new reactors within five years,” adding that the cumulative capacity would amount to 16,100MWe.

According to media, eight of these reactors will be modelled on local PHWRs technology, with a total capacity of 5,600MWe.

[quote]With four reactors to be installed in the northern state of Haryana, Kumar did not further disclose the names of countries with interest in the nuclear technology, media reported.

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 (Rs6) per unit.”

Singh added that within the next ten years, India hopes to generate at least 25% of its energy using nuclear power plants.

Interest grows

In earlier news, the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) stated that the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Pabna will be constructed with the ‘safest technology’.

At the time, BAEC chairman, Md Ali Zulquarnain, said that  nuclear power is needed as gas reserves are dwindling at a rapid rate. The chairman added that the initial project costs will be high; however, the overall costs will decrease due to the long-term power generation.

“India currently generates 6,000-7,000MW. They plan to take it to 64,000MW. China currently produces 20,000MW, and they plan to increase their capacity to 200,000MW in 2030.”

The $12.65 billion nuclear project is being developed with the assistance of Russia, which will provide $11.38 billion of the total project cost.

With construction having commenced in 2013, the objective is to achieve completion by 2021, with one of the two units producing up to 600MW of power.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.