India and France may have cloaked it well enough not to cloud the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron, but the Jaitapur nuclear power project has got caught in a logjam that both sides are finding difficult to address.
Larsen & Toubro, India’s largest construction company, and BHEL, India’s largest supplier of power plant equipment, are among those tapped by the Nuclear Power Corporation for the rollout of the first large-scale nuclear power plants developed using Indian technology.
Domestic equipment major, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured a significant order worth Rs.736 Crore for supply of Steam Generators from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limted (NPCIL).
The leaders of France and India reiterated their intention to start work by the end of this year on what could become the world’s largest nuclear power plant, advancing talks that have continued for nearly a decade.
India and France inked 14 pacts to boost cooperation, including security, nuclear energy in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.
The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) will achieve a ten-fold rise in uranium production in three phases by 2031-32, the government today informed the Lok Sabha.
There has been much debate over the expansion of nuclear energy in India, the arguments covering a gamut of angles from safety and environmental concerns to liability, security and affordability.
India is confident of concluding the nuclear deal with reactor-maker Westinghouse Electric very soon as it expects the company to come out of bankruptcy very soon, said Satish Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
Nuclear-powered rockets, a concept that was tested and last used in the 1970s, are making a return as global superpowers are making a race to Mars, and looking for ways to overtake others attempting to reach the red planet.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he would not rule out France building new nuclear reactors to replacing state-controlled utility EDF’s ageing reactors.