Govt clears 10 new nuclear reactors in big power push

These will add 7,000 MWe, more than capacity of all existing reactors.

Written by Anil Sasi , Amitabh Sinha | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2017 6:59 am
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In the biggest expansion of the country’s nuclear power industry, the Union Cabinet gave its approval Wednesday for the construction of 10 units of the new indigenous 700 MWe (mega watt electric) pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs). Never before have 10 nuclear reactors been cleared in one go. The addition of 7,000 MWe is more than the combined present installed capacity of 6,780 MWe. There are 22 reactors under operation as of today.

The new reactors are of significantly higher capacities compared to the PHWRs currently under operation — the standard PHWR being used in India is of 220 MWe though two 540 MWe reactors were installed in Tarapur in 2005 and 2006. The ten reactors will be installed in Kaiga in Karnataka (Unit 5 and 6), Chutka in Madhya Pradesh (Unit 1 and 2), Gorakhpur in Haryana (Unit 3 and 4) and Mahi Banswara in Rajasthan (Unit 1, 2, 3 and 4).

The decision to step up the indigenous civil nuclear reactor programme comes amid festering concerns over the deployment of imported light water reactor-based projects in collaboration with global vendors such as Toshiba-Westinghouse and Areva. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) will set up the projects deploying the proposed 700 MWe reactor units, which mark a big leap for the state-owned NPCIL that has so far been building smaller-sized 220 MWe and 540 MWe reactor units as part of the country’s indigenous nuclear power programme.

Prior to the Cabinet announcement, NPCIL has said it is planning to commence work on 16 new reactors by March 2017, including eight indigenous PHWRs of 700 MWe each with a total capacity of 5,600 MWe and eight LWRs based on international cooperation — with Russia, France and the US — totalling a capacity of 10,500 MWe, a source working in the Department of Atomic Energy said.

“A total of 7,000 MWe capacity will be added. It will help produce clean energy,” Power Minister Piyush Goyal said at a briefing after the Cabinet meeting. Officials indicated that “substantial economies of scale” are being targeted, alongside “maximisation of cost and time efficiencies” by adopting the fleet mode for execution of the projects based on the 700 MWe units. “As the government marks three years of its nation and people-centric governance, in a first of its kind project for India’s nuclear power sector, the ten new units will come up in fleet mode as a fully homegrown initiative. It would be one of the flagship ‘Make in India’ projects in this sector,” an official statement issued after the Cabinet meeting said.

Likely manufacturing orders of close to Rs 70,000 crore are expected to come through to the domestic industry on account of the projects and are expected to generate more than 33,400 jobs in direct and indirect employment. The Cabinet decision, the statement said, “reflects the government’s commitment to prioritise the use of clean power in India’s energy mix, as part of low-carbon growth strategy and to ensure long-term base load requirement for the nation’s industrialisation”.

Sites for nuclear power plants are selected after carrying out extensive studies by specialised national agencies at the siting stage and the sites are recommended after these meet the criteria laid down in the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) code on Site Evaluation of Nuclear Facilities.

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    prafulla baid
    May 22, 2017 at 11:58 am
    It is just a waste of tax payers money. The cost of producing nuclear power is almost Rs. 8.00 per unit. Who will buy it? Moreover, the safey concerns are too big. World is moving away from nuclear power. Comapnies are getting bankrupt. Look at Toshiba, Westinghouse and we are looking at establishing nuclear power stations. Either people have gone crazy or making lot of money in the process. Solar is the way to go...
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      Ramesh Chhabra
      May 18, 2017 at 9:46 pm
      Whether these projects and N- deal of 2008 for 170 billion dollars are same? If so, what happened of 170 billion dollars deal? NGT had punished organizers for holding program nearby Yamuna. On one hand NGT/ environment departments are looking environment "Kuan main baans daal daal kar, the other hand we are inviting nuclear projects without caring future environment. It is better to generate, plan and execute more and more Solar projects. Solar projects are early accessible and environmentally.
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        Sankaran Krishnan
        May 18, 2017 at 7:11 pm
        The Indigenous Nuclear Industry will flourish across India and with Make in India the Nuclear commerce will expand on its own and if we are capable of matching the International ones , we can think of exporting to our neighbors in South Asian Countries - SAARC which is advantageous if done through from India due to logistics and freight rates which is cheap when compared to get the same from USA and Western Countries for them !!!
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          Ivan
          May 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm
          For the foreseeable horizon, natural gas offers cleaner, cheaper and safer means of electricity generation. There is an astounding amount of natural gas coming onstream all over the world. We may need one or two fast breeder reactors to support the nuclear weapons program, but otherwise and especially after the horrific fallout from ushima, it wiser not to rely on nuclear power.
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            goldenfig
            May 18, 2017 at 11:08 am
            Govt clears 10 new nuclear reactors in big powerless useless action, piyush! See energy audit of the indian nuclear programme by goog .
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              Andy Kadir
              May 18, 2017 at 10:02 am
              Some of the nuclear waste will be lethal for billions of years, how much will it cost to keep the nuclear waste safe for billions of years? A 10 kilometre deep lined and capped water well can convert all power stations to clean energy.
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                Prasenjit Biswas
                May 18, 2017 at 8:25 am
                None of the comments ever raise any issue about disposal of nuclear waste. Waste created by these power plants will definitely be radioactive with the huge potential for disaster. If an and Germany are cutting down on their nuclear reactors, be it for power or for other military purposes, why India is repeating the same, even after ushyma? Can't we have safer, sustainable and environmentally stable power generation projects? Do we allow generations to be crippled by power plants? The case of Sonbhadra district in UP, where generations are crippled should be an eye opener, before such blind and uncritical support to power plants. Are you all addressing the concerns of radioactivity in your comparative jingo about going ahead of China and Russia? Do we lack ideas to evolve safe power generation projects? Or there are pressing corporate interests behind such nuclear projects which later will be handed over to private parties?
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                  Gurdeep Jolly
                  May 18, 2017 at 3:44 am
                  very good idea. it should be done in short period only then good
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                    Prof. Ghosh
                    May 18, 2017 at 12:17 am
                    We must push this area further. Indigenous (push this more) and imported. The Jews using Indian names are trying hard to disrupt Indo-Russia relations, in such a manner the Jewish backed China will rise. China is extremely backward in reality and has some military toys procured from Israel. They are busy kil and also cutting the beards of the Muslims. The Chinese have protection from the U.S. Jewish media. The Russian reactors supplied to India are very good.
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                      Khushminder Sahasi
                      May 18, 2017 at 12:05 am
                      The UPA Govt had planned 22 nuclear plants. The BJP Govt has cleared after three years in office. But would like to take credit. These power plants will not be ready until 2022. All UPA plans and schemes are being followed, but with change in names to take credit and misguide common masses.
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                        countk99
                        May 18, 2017 at 12:21 am
                        FYI, Planning is not considered as completed.
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                          Gogi
                          May 18, 2017 at 3:12 am
                          So you accepts that when 2005 and 2006 units were planned during Vajpayee govt
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                            suvendu
                            May 18, 2017 at 8:06 am
                            vajpayee govt planned but UPA never implemented...then UPA planned but MODI Govt implemented...that's the difference DK Bose
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                            Cheruvathoor Simon Jacob
                            May 18, 2017 at 11:58 am
                            This was made possible only because of the Nuclear deal that Dr Manmohan Singh had concluded with the US and later with several other countries. At that time, the BJP tried its level best to oppose the deal, as it did for several other reforms by MMS, like GST, Aadhar, Food Security, etc. MMS during his ten-year stewardship of the nation, ensured an unprecedented growth rate of 7.5 per cent p. a and doubled the GDP from one trillion USD to two trillion. Apart from the above he brought in several other reforms like RTI, RTE, Rupay cards (in the year 2012) etc. During the same period the non-oil exports registered a compounded growth rate of 18 percent p. a-again an all-time record. All these he achieved when the oil price hit the roof at $ 140 per barrel and was ru above $ 100 for two years, which is now at less than half its price three years ago. It is a sad commentary on those who ridicule him, in spite of such high achievements by MMS.
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                            Khattik
                            May 17, 2017 at 11:53 pm
                            Nuclear energy program needs to be further accelerated. All the foreign paid plants who are scared of India’s progress and military capabilities want to stop this but cannot. We need to have a French model and not go via rumor mongers. Mr. Modi must not be seduced by his Jewish friends and must demonstrate the lethal AGNI-6 at the proper time. Also our nuclear and conventional capabilities must be further enhanced. Also note many forces in India and external and internal want to keep Kashmir unstable. They are spreading that by keeping Kashmir unstable and India religiously polarized BJP will again come to power. Mr. Modi must rise and act and bring peace to Kashmir and immediately bring the Kashmiri Pandits back from Jammu to Srinagar. This is easy to do. Never ignore POK is ours and must be got back.
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                              chongling gyaltso
                              May 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm
                              vow i am so happy that my RSS brothers can nuke indian population by these 20 nuclear reactors in just 10 minutes what was name of first nuclear bomb test in pokhran - not any hindu god but delibrately put name as smi buddha - to defame gautam buddha in w world
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                                SK Gupta
                                May 18, 2017 at 12:19 am
                                Buddha was born Hindu. His parents n g parents were Hindu. Hinduism is mother of Buddhism. Most Hindus also revere Lord Buddha. Pl don't belittle Hindus or Buddhists with cheap remarks!!
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                                  Swamy
                                  May 18, 2017 at 2:29 am
                                  You are not a Tibetan but probably of Jewish extraction. The Chinese are busy murdering Buddhists and Muslims and then sel their body parts. We in India are not sleep and are quite aware of the strong Jewish-Chinese relations.
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                                NamwarSingh
                                May 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm
                                This was overdue and wise. The genius of Homi Jahangir Bhabha encouraged by Pandit Nehru (Nehru is abused by the Jewish lobby since he kept India totally independent even though India was weak and did not let the Jews in) is technically responsible for this. Nuclear power is extremely safe and great when you make good reactors like India does. Nehru was not a god (only god does not make mistakes) but great but is responsible for India's industrialization, development of science and technology, IITs, etc. He was an intellect with a global vision and an extremely handsome person. While his daughter Indira hi fragmented stan and China ran and the USA looked helplessly. She demonstrated the nuclear bomb in 1974 had missiles developed and brought Sikkim to join our union. The Modi government is in power since Congress went corrupt and pushed only a single famil. They blame the Congress for their limitations and take credit for what Congress did
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                                  Truth
                                  May 18, 2017 at 1:10 am
                                  Right !.....Also, they rebr.and every creation of Congress as "Made by Modi" and abuse Congress for "No Development" in the last 70 years.......as if all development started only from May 2014 by a 56" Fake-degree cheat & Co. !
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                                    Dhingra
                                    May 18, 2017 at 5:05 am
                                    ON 5th June you will see how the work of Mrs. Indira hi and Rajiv hi paid off. India will fire the cryogenic GSLV-3 very close to new Ariane launchers China does not have this capability though the Jewish backers of China place fake data on China in the media. Who supplied these rocket engines so that we can improve them and manufacture them now. The USSR-RUSSIA. They were then sanctioned by the U.S. as the Jewish lobby made a big noise. Indians are a loyal people and have gra ude. BJP is in power only due to Congress becoming corrupt.
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                                    Cheruvathoor Simon Jacob
                                    May 18, 2017 at 7:16 am
                                    Well stated; these days it has become a fashion to denigrate Nehru and what he did; yes, as you said Nehru has made mistakes; but the critics only highlight them and do not speak of his remarkable achievements on various fronts, including in nurturing and stabilizing the democracy and its ins utions. Look at the state in which the British left India after exploiting it for two centuries. There was no food; famines and pestilence were a regular occurrence during the British rule. Nehru’s first target was agriculture-construction of dams and creating irrigating system. But simultaneously he developed the industrial base, higher education, healthcare and so on. In the fifties and early sixties who could visualize of India going into atomic energy and space exploration? Other countries often derided India spending money on these instead of on food. Thanks to Nehru’s vision we have both food and a place in atomic energy, space and rocket technology. contd.
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                                    laxmikant
                                    May 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm
                                    india has become dumping ground for worn out failed extremely dangerous technologies and indians as guinea pigs - all western countries throw such things and indian sanghi GOVT goes there collects it and implements in india by getting huge kikbacks failed technologies - 1- EVM 2- GMO 3- nuclear reactors 4-chemical fertilizers 5- digital cashless 6- genetic vaccinations 7- Wi-Fi 8- microwave ovens 9- test tube baby
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                                      Wow
                                      May 18, 2017 at 12:29 am
                                      Wow, you are quite clueless
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                                      Main hoon
                                      May 17, 2017 at 11:24 pm
                                      Dunno whether to be happy or worried... On one hand we need energy on the other is the safety worries,... Nuclear is no spotless soul.. As for the bhakts here.... sucking and licking are not everyone's forte :) You do what u r good at...
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                                        prashant mehta
                                        May 17, 2017 at 11:18 pm
                                        The first reactor at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power is the only operating Generation-III pressurized water reactor in the world. During the 840 days of its grid connection since 22 October 2013, the reactor worked for 372 days, tripped (forced outage) for 20 times and was off-grid for 468 days and its capacity factor has been less than 25 .
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                                          Prashant Rakheja
                                          May 17, 2017 at 11:14 pm
                                          Gorakhpur in Haryana?
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                                            mathew rajan
                                            May 17, 2017 at 11:09 pm
                                            A w state in Australia is under bet with Tesla to make it run on solar power.Germany produces more power than it can consume from renewables .When the w world is looking at going toward renewables , here in India we want Nuke reactors .
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                                              kolse patil
                                              May 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm
                                              as corrupt sanghi govt will get huge kikbacks and if indians revolt they will orchester fake accidents for nuclear holocaust like f-u-ku-shi-ma
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                                              rana singh
                                              May 17, 2017 at 10:57 pm
                                              Nuclear power is highly dangerous to man and environment radiation effects lasting for centuries nuclears can only generate 10 percent of total electricity - but cost of maintenance is double and so no cheaper kodankulam reactor tripped 22 times in 3 years and only Russian engineers could fix it world is abandoning doing away with dirty dangerous nuclear energy and throwing nuclear waste - same is purchased by rate of gold by feku master and his moronic advisors - putting 125 crore Indians life at permanent risk also huge kickbacks commission guaranteed by foreign govt for dumping their dangerous radiation waste in india so only so many bhakts rejoicing for further foreign trips
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                                                kolse patil
                                                May 17, 2017 at 10:47 pm
                                                why are sanghis bent on nuclears - so that their time have come to quit india and further they will run in safe havens like US UK and orchester nuclear accidents like ushima - to further detroy india and create havoc with radiation and cancers like they orchestered 27/11
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                                                  Indhiyakudi
                                                  May 17, 2017 at 11:08 pm
                                                  s like you only know to call others names. Kalpakkam operates for more than 40 years and other projects go well. Instead of attacking and showing your fg ignorance, keep quiet
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                                                  Aman Trivedi
                                                  May 17, 2017 at 10:37 pm
                                                  Mera desh badal raha hai, aage badh raha hai.. At this rate of development, I can clearly see India as a developed nation in less than 50 years.
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