India Intelligence Report

   India to Double Nuclear Power Capacity


Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar revealed plans that India will double its nuclear power capacity from 20,000 megawatts (mw) to 40,000 mw by 2030 and that the Planning Commission has prepared a 30 year plan to facilitate this plan. He said that the Nuclear Power Corporation will be managing this expansion and revealed that India is “already negotiating with our counterparts in France, Russia, and US.”

He also added that “we are also equally accelerating our indigenous programs and the sites are cleared by the Government for four 700mw nuclear power plants (two each) at Kakrapar in Gujarat and Rawatbhata in Rajasthan.”

There seems to be high confidence in the Government that Indo-US civilian nuclear deal will make it through the US Congress and without any modifications. Kakodkar said that India was committed to the July 2005 statement indicating that the country will not modify anything that was already negotiated. He also revealed that Tarapur TAPP3 and TAPP4 will not be classified as civilian and will not be under international supervision.

India’s 16th nuclear civilian power plant is expected to go critical in July.

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