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7 NUCLEAR REACTORS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND 17 MORE TO COME, SAID KN VYAS!!

NEW DELHI: To increase standardisation and bring modularity in building atomic power reactors, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited or NPCIL is going for fleet mode construction for future projects, Department of Atomic Energy Secretary KN Vyas said on Friday.

Speaking at the India Energy Forum’s Nuclear Conclave, Mr Vyas said 17 new reactors are now in the pipeline, with seven already under construction.

India plans to build 21 new nuclear power plants by 2030, the atomic energy agency had said last year, adding that work has been going on as per schedule.

“We are going in for fleet mode for construction, thereby reducing construction costs and speeding up construction time,” Mr Vyas, who is also the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, said.

He said India is an old player in the nuclear energy sector with the first research reactor in Asia being commissioned in the country.

“Our learning curve was steep and we could ramp up the reactor construction to 22 reactors over the last few decades, the seventh largest fleet in the world,” Mr Vyas added.

Though the overall contribution to the electrical grid does appear insignificant, this has been due to the smaller capacity reactors built initially to gain experience in this complex technology, without international support, he noted.

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