Noting that the net zero targets are expected to be achieved through a combination of clean energy sources, including nuclear power, the government recently stated that in this context India’s current nuclear capacity of 6,780 MW is expected to be increased to 22,480 MW by 2031.
Responding to a question posed by Sushil Kumar Modi of the BJP to Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State for the Department of Space and the Department of Atomic Energy, Jitendra Singh, said that the current installed nuclear capacity in the country is 6,780 MW and the share of nuclear energy in the country’s total electricity production is around 3.1% in 2020-2021.
“Net zero goals should be achieved through a combination of various clean energy sources, including nuclear power. In this context, the current nuclear capacity of 6,780 MW is expected to be increased to 22,480 MW by 2031 upon gradual completion of the projects. under construction and sanctioned. More nuclear reactors are planned for the future, ”Singh said in a written response.
Responding to another question, he said the government had granted administrative approval and financial sanction for 10 “made in India” pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs) with a total capacity of 7,000 MW to be installed in the fashion. fleet.
“Currently, pre-project activities, including land acquisition (when land is not available / acquired), obtaining regulatory authorizations, geotechnical surveys, various studies, development of site infrastructure , building an R&R colony, etc. are in progress on the sites. These reactors should be phased in by 2031, ”he said.
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