Ending India’s nuclear dependency  

The government’s go-ahead to 10 natural reactors is an appropriate step towards nuclear power self-sufficiency.

India now has 22 nuclear power units. The first couple, situated in Tarapur, Maharashtra, uses rich uranium and features U.S. nuclear technology. These two reactors have managed securely and effectively for the past 47 many provide the cheapest non-hydro power. The second couple, situated in Rajasthan, uses organic uranium and is based on Canada technology.


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During the period 2000-2010, v developed a nuclear power unit of 700 MW capabilities, using organic uranium. Development work on two such units in Kakrapar (in Gujarat) and two in Rajasthan was taken up. These four units will go into a function in the next a very extensive period. Focus on two identical units has been taken up at a site in Haryana.

Anticipating some of these complications, the nuclear group in India has been looking at other choices to increase the nuclear potential. The navy of under time limits large water reactors (PHWR), of our own construction and designs, have conducted well. During the last five years, the collective potential aspect has been 78%. The reactors have managed consistently for times going above 300 times quite consistently and one of our reactors was on the line for 765 days, the second-longest run in the world. The price of power has been less than from fossil fuel in the same area. Given the perspective, the Partnership Cabinet’s nod on Wed for 10 700 MW PHWRs is appropriate. Indian market is well placed to provide all the ingredients and components needed for these reactors.