Production of nuclear power will double in India in ten years

Production of nuclear power will double in India in ten years

The nuclear power generation in India is growing fast, with 21 nuclear reactors currently under construction. India will increase the capacity of nuclear power generation to 15,7 GW by 2031.

At present, nuclear power development includes four reactors in Gorakhpur, four in Kudankulam, two in Rawatbhata-Rajasthan, two in Kakrapar, two in Chutka-Madhya Pradesh, and a fast breeder in Kalpakkam.

Rawatbhata is going to become the center of the second significant nuclear power generation on the banks of the Chambal river in the southeast of Rajasthan. The site has six pressurized heavy water reactors with a production capacity of 1180 MW. The production capacity of the Rawatbhata nuclear power project will be doubled with the two new units. Unit 7 has been targeted to be completed by December 2020 and Unit 8 by December 2021. The power plant’s site director Vijay Kumar Jain believes in the possibility of the 9th and 10th units of the Rajasthan nuclear powerhouse in Rawatbhata.

Rawatbhata has taken a step forward in the field of nuclear energy. On September 9, 2017, Dr. Shekhar Basu, Chairman of the Department of Atomic Energy, laid the foundation stone of the country’s second uranium fuel bundle complex . This project will produce 500 tonnes of uranium fuel bundles every year after 2021. Rawatbhata will supply nuclear fuel to all future 700–700 MW nuclear power plants in northern India, including for units 7 and 8 of Rajasthan and Kakrapar Gujarat nuclear power plants. Fuel bundles are currently being sourced from the first fuel complex established in Hyderabad in 1971.

India has a low domestic uranium reserve and relies on uranium imports to boost the nuclear power industry. Russia has been a significant supplier of nuclear fuel to India since 1990.

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