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    Four new nuclear power projects on the anvil

    Posted online: Thursday, September 08, 2005 at 0113 hours IST

    NEW DELHI, SEPT 7: The department of atomic energy has sought the Cabinet committee on political affairs’ approval for setting up four new nuclear power stations at Kakrapar in Gujarat, Kundankulam in Tamil Nadu, Jaitapur in Maharashtra and Rawatbhata in Rajasthan.

    Two of these projects are pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) of 1,400 mw capacity each (comprising two units of 700 mw each) while the other two are light water reactors (LWRs) of 2,000 mw each (comprising two units of 1,000 mw each). The PHWRs use natural uranium as fuel and the LWRs use low enriched uranium which is imported.

    Sources said another approval to set up a 300 mw advanced heavy water reactor (AHWR) will also be taken up soon after finalising the exclusion zone requirement with the regulatory authorities.

    “The current proposal before the cabinet is only for clearance of the sites. Final project approvals would be sought only after fuel linkage co-operation agreements are firmed up with vendor countries,” said a senior government official.

    The possibility of setting up additional LWRs in co-operation with the Russia is also being discussed. “To utilise the full potential of Kumdankulam site in Tamil Nadu, this site has been recommended for additional LWRs to be set up in co-operation with the Russian Federation,” the official said.

    The PHWRs, presently under construction in India are of 540 mw capacity. However, as the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) has completed development work for the 700 mw PHWR, all future PHWR units would have a similar capacity.

    At present, 14 nuclear power reactors are in operation with a combined capacity of 2,820 mw and nine reactors are under construction at seven sites with a cumulative capacity of 4,460 mw.
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