NEW DELHI: Nuclear power generation In India has more than doubled in the last six years while the capacity utilisation of nuclear reactors in country has increased from about 50 percent to 83 percent, the government said adding that it was the result of the fruition of international cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.
"Following the fruition of international cooperation in the field of nuclear energy in 2008, nuclear power generation has grown from 14,927 million units (MU) of electricity in 2008-09 to 35,333 MU in 2013-14 and the numbers is slated to improve further in next few months,” Minister of State for the Department of Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh said in a written response to a question in Lok Sabha.
The target of nuclear power generation for the five years (2012-13 to 2016-17) in the year 2011 was 241748 MU. The generation of electricity from April 2012 to January 2015 has been 98686 MU.
Replying to another question on the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), he said that the Unit 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) of 1000 MW capacity each are being prepared for launch in 2015-16.
The KKNPP 1 with 1,000 MW capacity has already been commissioned recently while Unit-2 (KKNPP-2) with 1,000 MW capacity is under commissioning.
Prime Minster Narendra Modi led NDA Government in July 2014 had set a target of tripling the then existing nuclear power capacity of 4780 MW in the next ten years by 2024. Keeping up with that ambitious plan, various sites have been given “In-principle” approval for additional reactors to be set up in future.
“Currently these sites are under pre-project activities which include land acquisition, obtaining environmental clearances, evaluation of techno commercial offers in respect of Light Water Reactors (LWRs) to be set up with foreign technical cooperation,” he said.
Some of these projects include Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP 1&2), Kaiga (5&6) and Mahi Banswara (1&2) among others.
“The safety being an ongoing process, constant review of safety aspects effecting necessary upgrades thereof in line with the evolving safety standards at par with the best international standards is a regular practice in Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL),” Singh added.