The Government today has given bulk approval for the installation of ten nuclear reactors.
The Government has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for 10 indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) of 700 MW each in fleet mode.
|Kaiga, Karnataka||Kaiga-5&6||2 X 700|
|Gorakhpur, Haryana||GHAVP– 3&4||2 X 700|
|Chutka, Madhya Pradesh||Chutka-1&2||2 X 700|
|Mahi Banswara, Rajasthan||Mahi Banswara-1&2||2 X 700|
|Mahi Banswara, Rajasthan||Mahi Banswara-3&4||2 X 700|
Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) has been roped in by the Government for the installation of the nuclear reactors or the exercise would be done exclusively by the specialised Government agencies.
The Government has amended the Atomic Energy Act in 2015 to enable the Joint Ventures of NPCIL with Public Sector Enterprises to set up nuclear power projects.
These reactors are planned to be set up in ‘fleet mode’ progressively by the year 2031 at a cost of Rs. 1,05,000 crores.
During 2021-22, nuclear power reactors generated 47,112 million Units of electricity, which comprises about 3.15% of the total electricity generated in India.
For comparison, the share of nuclear energy in the case of UK and USA is about 16.1% and about 18.2% respectively.