Wednesday, July 27, 2005

India building 8 more nuclear power reactors

Xinhua - English 2005-07-27 18:21:26

NEW DELHI, July 27 (Xinhuanet) -- India is constructing eight more nuclear power reactors while one reactor in Tarapur has been synchronized with the grid last month, a senior government official said here Wednesday.

Replying to a question of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament whether the government proposed to set up some more nuclear power stations in the country, Minister of State in the Prime Minister Office (PMO) Prithviraj Chavan said that the total capacity addition in the tenth and eleventh plans through the completion of eight reactors would be 1300 and 3160 mega watts respectively.

The percentage of electricity generated from nuclear power was about 2.9 percent of the total generation, compared with 20 percent in the United States, 32 in Germany, 29 in Japan and 19 in the UK, Chavan said.

The generation target for the tenth plan was 82,495 million units, he added.

India and the United States have recently signed a nuclear power deal under which the latter would help India's civiliannuclear program despite its military nuclear capabilities and its refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). India remains one of only four states that have not signed the NPT.


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