Submitted by Supratim-Sanyal on Thu, 09/23/2010 - 21:27.
Indian PHWRs offer a basket of options for countries that are looking
for cost competitive and proven technologies in the small and medium
size reactors. Therefore today Nuclear Power Corporation of India is
ready to offer Indian PHWRs of 220 MWe or 540 MWe capacity for export.
Indian industry is not only poised to play a bigger contribution to
India's own nuclear programme but also is on the way to becoming a
competitive supplier in the global market with regard to special steels,
large size forgings, control instruments, software, other nuclear
components and services.India is self-sufficient with regard to heavy
water, zirconium alloy components and other related materials and
supplies for PHWRs. A new zirconium complex has been commissioned for
production of reactor grade zirconium sponge. The Nuclear Fuel Complex
at Hyderabad manufactures fuel assemblies of different types of
reactors, viz. PHWRs, boiling water reactors and fast breeder reactor.
Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010 legislation will go a long
way in increasing public confidence and in creating a predictable
environment in which leading vendors can participate in India's nuclear
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, September 22, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio
USA - India PRwire/ - Excerpts from the Statement by Dr. S. Banerjee,
Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission & Leader of the Indian
delegation at the 54th General Conference, Vienna, International Atomic
Energy Agency, Vienna
Nuclear power is important for a country like India where availability
of electricity will act as an instrument of inclusive economic growth. A
recent study has estimated that nuclear power must contribute about
half of the Indian electricity generation capacity so as to nearly
eliminate the dependence of our country on import of energy resources
while achieving a developed status.
We remain committed to the 3-stage nuclear programme formulated under
the visionary leadership of Dr. Homi Bhabha, founder of India's nuclear
programme. India attaches a high priority for adopting a closed fuel
cycle and Thorium utilization on account of relatively limited domestic
Uranium reserves while having large Thorium deposits. Water cooled
reactors, fast breeder reactors and thorium based power generation
remain the key elements of our sustainable nuclear programme.