Expert warns against nuclear reactor imports

Published: 17th February 2013 10:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2013 10:05 AM   |  A+A-

Import of nuclear reactors will place an  Rs 8 lakh crore burden on the taxpayers in the coming 20 years, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board A Gopalakrishnan has warned.

Speaking at a national seminar on People’s Science Movement here Saturday, he said the decision to import 40,000 MWe capacity light  water reactors was taken by the UPA government in early 2006 soon after signing the nuclear energy framework agreement with the US  in July 2005.

In 2006, an Integrated Energy Policy was prepared by the Planning Commission which set 63,000 MWe as the projected nuclear power capacity target for 2032, which included these imports too.

But the Atomic Energy Commission and its agencies did not get any techno-economic evaluation done to establish the real need for  these imports, he said.

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