NPCIL, US team to talk nuclear power on Dec 1

Mumbai, Nov 28 | Updated: Nov 29 2006, 07:58am hrs
After the passage of the Indo-US nuclear deal, things have started moving ahead rapidly. As a beginning, the state- run Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) will hold a crucial meeting with the members of the high level US delegation led by under-secretary Franklin L Lavin on December 1 in Mumbai, to thrash out the future course of action.

This is the maiden meeting scheduled after the US Senates approval to the deal. More than six companies involved in nuclear power are also expected to make their submissions during the meeting.

The team, led by Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar and NPCIL CMD SK Jain, together with nuclear scientists, are expected to discuss threadbare the fall out the passage of United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act.

The meeting is crucial especially when India, in its Integrated Energy Policy, has projected the nuclear capacity addition of a record 50,000 mw by 2032. Of the 50,000 mw, NPCIL alone is expected to add nearly 20,000 mw-plus. Moreover, NTPC has also planned capacity addition of 4,000 mw on the nuclear side, while Tata Power Company and Reliance Energy Ltd have announced they would pursue plans to enter into nuclear power.

Sources involved with the forthcoming meeting told FE: The Indo-US nuclear deal is a watershed in the history of Indias nuclear power programme. India will be in a position to procure nuclear power reactors from US and other countries. This will really boost the countrys proposed capacity addition based on nuclear fuel. The meeting will go into all those details.

Following the passage of the Indo-US nuclear deal, it will be now possible to set up a large number of 700 mw reactors of our own technology with imported fuel, sources added.

Sources said NPCIL would update the visiting delegation on the present status of the project development plans at Kudankulam, Rawatbhatta, Kaiga, Tarapur and Kalpakkam. The department of atomic energy and NPCIL are prepared to launch 10 reactors of 1,000 mw each.