Govt targets to raise India’s N-power capacity to 22,480MW from 6,780MW by 2031

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NEW DELHI: The Union government has set the target of raising the country’s nuclear power capacity to 22,480 MW by 2031 from the current 6,780 MW. However, the Centre has not yet set the target for nuclear power generation by the turn of the century (year 2100), Parliament has been informed.
In addition to projects currently under construction (8,700 MW), the government has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for setting up 10 indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) of 700 MW capacity each in fleet mode, atomic energy minister Jitendra Singh informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
On the progressive completion of projects under construction and accorded sanction, the installed nuclear power capacity is expected to reach 22,480 MW by year 2031 that includes Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) of 500 MW being implemented by Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI), a government of India enterprise.
In addition to the sanctioned projects, the government has also accorded ‘in-principle’ approval for the five new sites for setting up nuclear power projects. These sites are at Jaitapur in Maharashtra, (6 X 1650), with French collaboration; Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh (6 X 1208) with American help; Chhaya, MithiVirdi, Gujarat (6 X 1000 — nominal capacity), Haripur in West Bengal (6 X 1000 nominal capacity) with Russian collaboration, Bhimpur, Madhya Pradesh (4 X 700), the minister informed.
The minister also informed the House that the Indian nuclear establishment has set rigorous procedures for design, development and operation of the systems used in its installations. The safety and security critical systems are designed and developed in-house using custom built hardware and software, which are subjected to regulatory verification and validation, thereby making them resistant to cyber security threats. Critical infrastructure of nuclear power plant establishment is isolated from the internet and access to such systems is restricted to authorised personnel and is closely monitored, he said.



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