Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Work Starts on Fathebad Nuclear Reactor as India Aims for 20,000 MW capacity by 2020

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh being briefed about the project model, at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana (Nuclear Power Project), in Fatehabad, Haryana on January 13, 2014. The Governor of Haryana, Shri Jagannath Pahadia and the Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Kumari Selja are also seen.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, laid the foundation stone of the 2,800 MW Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Reactor Complex on January 13, 2014, taking India another step closer to achieving its nuclear power generation goals.

India currently operates 20 commercial nuclear power plants with a total installed capacity of 5,680 MW.

The installed nuclear power capacity will reach 10,080 MW by the year 2017 on progressive completion of projects under construction. The XII Five Year Plan proposals envisage start of work on 19 new reactors with a capacity of 17400 MW.

Planned Reactors

The details of nuclear reactors planned to be constructed within the XII Five Year Plan are:

Indigenous Reactors

 Project        Location Reactor Type  Capacity (MW)
 Gorakhpur, Units 1&2 Gorakhpur, Haryana PHWR 2X700
 Chutka, Units 1&2 Chutka, Madhya Pradesh PHWR 2X700
 Kaiga, Units 5&6 Kaiga, Karnataka PHWR 2X700
 Mahi Banswara, Units 1&2 Mahi Banswara, Rajasthan PHWR 2X700
 Fast Breeder Reactor, Units 1&2 Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu FBR 2X500
 Advanced Heavy Water Reactor Site to be decided AWHR 300

LWRS with International Co-operations

 Project        Location Reactor Type  Capacity (MW)
 Kudankulam Units 3&4 Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu LWR 2X1000
 Jaitapur Units 1&2 Jaitapur, Maharashtra LWR 2X1650
 Chhaya Mithi Virdi Units 1&2 Chhaya Mithi Virdi, Gujarat LWR 2X1100
 Kovvadda Units 1&2 Kovvada, Andhra Pradesh LWR 2X150

Reactors Under Construction 

A total of  9 commercial and one prototype reactors are currently under construction.

Four 700 MW PHWR reactors at Gokhpur (Fathebad) in Haryana
One 1000 MW VVER reactor at Kudankulam. (Unit-1 started commercial operations in January 2014)
Two 700 MW PHWR reactors at Kakrapar in Gujarat (KAPP 3&4).
Two 700 MW PHWR reactors at Rawatbhat, near Kota in Rajasthan (RAPP 7&8). [Construction started on July 17, 2011]

In addition, Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam is building a 500 MW prototype fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam.

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