New Delhi: Elated over the NSG waiver, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India is confident that uninterrupted fuel supplies can help double the power production from its atomic plants through greater capacity utilisation.
The state-owned nuclear energy generator, which currently runs 17 reactors in different parts of the country, hopes to produce up to 4,000 MW power without any hiccups once there is regular fuel supplies.
“Current plant load factor of the nuclear units being operated by NPCIL is around 40 to 42 per cent on account of fuel supply mismatch as against 85 to 90 per cent at which they can operate,” Chairman and Managing Director of NPCIL S K Jain said.
The capacity utilisation of country’s power plants aggregating 4,120 MW came down from 90% in 2001-02 to 40 to 42 due to lack of fuel, he said. But with the NSG lifting the nuclear trade embargo India could get off the ground and give a push to civilian nuclear programme.
The prospects of assured fuel supplies also augured well for the new atomic plants. NPCIL is all set to add over 2,600 MW of power generation to the national grid by 2010 from its five units under construction.