India's Nuclear Power Generation Capacity Expected To Reach 22,480 MW By 2031, Says Govt

India's Nuclear Power Generation Capacity Expected To Reach 22,480 MW By 2031, Says Govt

by Swarajya Staff - Jul 28, 2021 04:59 PM +05:30 IST
India's Nuclear Power Generation Capacity Expected To Reach 22,480 MW By 2031, Says GovtTwo Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs) under construction at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, India. (Representative image) (Petr Pavlicek/IAEA)

Union Minister of State For Atomic Energy Dr Jitendra Singh on Wednesday (28 July) said that the government has planned to commission more nuclear power plants for power generation, an official release said.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Singh said that at present, there are 22 nuclear reactors with a total capacity of 6780 MW in operation and one reactor, KAPP-3 (700 MW) has been connected to the grid on 10 Januar 2021.

In addition, there are 10 reactors (including 500 MW PFBR being implemented by BHAVINI) totalling to 8000 MW under construction at various stages, the minister said.

The government has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for construction of 10 indigenous 700 MW Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) to be set up in fleet mode.

"On progressive completion of the projects under construction and accorded sanction, the nuclear capacity is expected to reach 22480 MW by 2031. More nuclear power plants are also planned in future," Singh said.

"Highest priority is accorded to safety in all aspects of nuclear power viz. siting, design, construction, commissioning, and operation. Nuclear power plants are designed adopting safety principles of redundancy, diversity and provide fail-safe design features following a defence-in-depth approach," he said in response to a question on whether proper safeguards are in place in the nuclear power plants.

This ensures that there are multiple barriers between the source of radioactivity and the environment, Singh added.

The operations are performed adopting well laid out procedures by highly qualified, trained and licensed personnel. Appropriate Personal Protection Equipment and monitoring aids are provided to all the personnel working in the nuclear power plants, he said.

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