Mumbai: Welcoming the draft agreement to implement the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, India’s nuclear industry said it was looking forward to collaborating with American and other suppliers of nuclear technology and know-how.
“We are pleased with the development and this is a good and challenging opportunity not only for implementing the indigenous programme with full zeal, but also for building a larger (nuclear power generation) capacity of up to 30,000MW by 2025,” said S.K. Jain, chairman and managing director of Nuclear Power Corp. of India Ltd (NPCIL).
“The entire organization is waiting for this opportunity. As envisaged in the 11th Five-Year Plan, we will be able to launch 10 nuclear reactors of 1,000MW each,” Jain said.
“To increase the total capacity substantially, fast breeder reactors (FBRs) would help. But since they are still in the demonstration stage, it will take a few more years for FBRs to reach maturity and the Indo-US deal will give a chance to enhance the power base through nuclear energy,” he said. NPCIL will launch eight indigenous heavy water reactors during the 11th Plan.