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India to go ahead with its mega nuclear power programmes

Discussion in 'World Economy' started by CONNAN, Apr 29, 2011.

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    WAM New Delhi, Apr 27 (WAM) -- India will go ahead with its mega nuclear power programmes but with added safety measures.
    Official sources told WAM that there was no decision to abort the planned programmes in view of the Japanese tsunami and nuclear disaster, but understandably, a review was already on and additional safety measures would be taken.

    India is partnering with US, which played a significant role in lifting international sanctions against India due to its May 1974 and May 1998 nuclear tests, as well as with Russia and France. Russia in fact is already cooperating with India in setting up nuclear power reactors as well as in building nuclear powered attack submarines.

    India did not sign the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) but never violated it or any other international nuclear and missile control regime, ultimately leading to all the major powers to back India in power programmes.

    French Areva has offered its "most modern" European Pressurized Reactors (EPR), and there is a basic agreement to build six of them at Jaitapur near Mumbai in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Each reactor would produce 1650 MWe, the maximum yet by any reactor in the world. :bounce:

    Areva says that the EPR reactors are built to withstand direct impact of air crash, but still, it is reviewing the safety factors in the light of the Japanese Fukushima disasters.

    Exact figures are not available but official sources indicated that the deal should touch US$ 16 billion for all the six reactors when commissioned. The first two reactors should be operational by 2019. The process includes acquisition of land, environmental clearance, construction, testing, safety approvals and operation.

    There is some political opposition to the Areva project but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held a meeting yesterday with top officials and the go-ahead for the French reactors was given, according to Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy.
    He also disclosed that legislation would be introduced in the coming session of Parliament to set up an independent and autonomous Nuclear Regulatory Authority of India to ensure induction of best technology and practices.

    WAM | Emirates News Agency
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