Vienna: India is looking forward to open up international civil nuclear cooperation that is sustainable, free from interruption and consistent with its national policy.
Addressing the 51st General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), India’s top nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar said India also has the potential of becoming a manufacturing hub for the global nuclear industry.
“India is looking forward to the possibility of opening up of international civil nuclear cooperation. We expect such cooperation to be sustainable, free from interruptions and consistent with our national policy of closed fuel cycle,” said Kakodkar, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).
He noted that an AEC panel has evaluated several coastal sites in the country for setting up of imported reactors. Kakodkar said reactor imports were an additionality to the ongoing indigenous nuclear programme to significantly augment nuclear power generation capacity in the near term.
He said the civil nuclear deal with the US also opens up the possibility of export of reactors and services. “India today is the only country to have technologies, design and infrastructure for small Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors with a unit capacity of 220 MW, which have a great potential for export, particularly to countries with small grids, wishing to enter nuclear power generation with relatively modest investment and infrastructure,” he said.
“With India’s large infrastructure base and relatively low manufacturing cost, there is also potential for India becoming a manufacturing hub for equipment and components for the global nuclear industry,” he said.