PM Modi: PM Modi determined to triple nuclear power capacity in next decade: IAEA chief
MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined to triple the nuclear installed capacity in India within the next decade,
Rafael Mariano Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), virtually addressed the Indian Nuclear Society’s conference on “Clean Energy Transition”, which is being attended by nuclear experts from different countries.
Grossi recalled that during his meeting with Modi last month, they discussed India’s economic, climate and nuclear energy goals. “He (Modi) made clear his government’s determination to increase non-fossil fuel energy capacity and to triple nuclear installed capacity within a decade,” he said.
He told the gathering of nuclear scientists and engineers that India’s decisions regarding nuclear power will make a significant impact on the path ahead.
“With eight reactors under construction and many more planned, India is the world’s second largest domestic builder of nuclear plants, after China,” he added.
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B C Pathak, CMD of Nuclear Power Corporation, said India will have an addition of 14,500MW in the nuclear power sector over the next nine years.
Pointing out that India can turn into a hub for global nuclear market, he said that these could be through export of reactors, export of nuclear services, partnerships, joint ventures, private partnerships and new business ventures.
Pathak said the three nuclear accidents across the world — at Three Mile in the US, Chernobyl in Russia, and Fukushima in Japan — curbed nuclear renaissance, focusing on new nuclear technologies and enhancing safety.
“The question is how to make nuclear power attractive so that it will draw the attention of decision makers,” he stated.
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B N Jagatap, president of Indian Nuclear Society, said theywill sign an agreement with the French Nuclear Society on Thursday which will go a long way in strengthening public outreach.