AERB regional centres to come up in Kolkata, Chennai

AERB regional centres to come up in Kolkata, Chennai

Mumbai: The Mumbai-headquartered Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) will set up two regional centres in Kolkata and Chennai to meet the increasing regulatory requirements of both nuclear power and non-power applications.

“One regional centre would come up at Rajarhat in Kolkata while the other would be near Safety Research Institute in Kalpakkam near Chennai," AERB Chairman S K Sharma told PTI.

The centre at Kalpakkam would be located outside the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research for easy access to people working on medical and other non-power applications of atomic energy.

“AERB’s work on Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) is about to be completed and that on regulatory requirements of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is on," he said.

With the signing of the 123 Agreement with the US, the workload for AERB would increase with a large number of Light Water Reactors (LWR) planned for the next 10-15 years.

“The AERB would also be recruiting 100 experts during the 11th Five Year Plan for the country’s expanding nuclear power programme with import of Light Water Reactors from Russia, France and the US," he said.

Asked whether AERB has received any proposal from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited for the imported reactors, Sharma said that so far no such proposal had come.

“We will review all the proposals and in the first stage there will be preliminary safety analysis report which includes siting clearance," he added.