04.01.2019_No3 / News in Brief

India To Have 21 New Nuclear Plants Online By 2031, Minister Tells Parliament

Plans & Construction

4 Jan (NucNet): India’s Department of Atomic Energy told parliament yesterday that 21 new nuclear power reactors with a total installed capacity of 15,700 MW are expected to be completed in the country by 2031.

The Kudankulam nuclear power station in India, where two new units are under construction,

In a written statement minister Jitendra Singh told Rajya Sabha, the upper house, that five sites have been approved in principle approval by the central government. He said the sites were in various states and could host up to 28 nuclear power plants.

Mr Singh said there are nine nuclear power reactors at various stages of construction that are targeted for completion by 2024 to 2025.

“In addition, 12 units have been accorded administrative approval and financial sanction by the government,” he said.

“Thus, 21 nuclear power reactors, with an installed capacity of 15,700 MW are under implementation, envisaged for progressive completion by the year 2031," he added.

The International Atomic Energy Agency puts the number of units officially under construction in India at seven, with 22 in operation providing about 3.2% of the country’s electricity share.

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