India Enters The Nuclear Power Club With New 7.7 GW Program
India today announced among the biggest civil nuclear programs anywhere in the world, saying it will set up 7,700 MW of indigenously developed nuclear power plans.
It is the first time that the country is creating so much capacity using local technology. Nearly all Indian nuclear plants are based on imported technology.
Typically, India relies on technology supplied by countries like Japan, USA, Germany, France and Russia for creating nuclear power plants in the country.
India today has a total of 6,700 MW of nuclear power in the country, and this expansion will double the capacity. Nearly all other planned plants are also based on foreign technology.
The total demand for power in India is around 350 MW, out of which nearly half is being met by coal.
“This will raise the profile of India’s scientists and technology in the world,” power minister Piyush Goyal said.