Union (Independent) State Minister of Science and Technology Dr Jitendra Singh said the government plans to commission more nuclear power plants for power generation.
In a written response to a question in Loksabha today, he said, there are currently 22 reactors with a total capacity of 6780 MW in operation and one reactor, KAPP-3 (700 MW) has been connected to the grid on January 10, 2021. In addition, 10 reactors (including 500 MW PFBR under construction by BHAVINI) totaling 8,000 MW under construction at various stages.
The government has granted administrative approval and financial sanction for the construction of 10 indigenous 700 MW pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs) to be installed in park mode. Upon gradual completion of the projects under construction and sanctioned, nuclear capacity is expected to reach 22,480 MW by 2031. Other nuclear power plants are also planned for the future.
The highest priority is given to safety in all aspects of nuclear energy, viz. siting, design, construction, commissioning and operation. Nuclear power plants are designed adopting the principles of safety, redundancy, diversity and offer fail-safe design features following a defense-in-depth approach. This ensures that there are multiple barriers between the source of radioactivity and the environment.
Operations are carried out by adopting well-defined procedures by highly qualified, trained and licensed personnel. Appropriate personal protective equipment and monitoring aids are provided to all personnel working in nuclear power plants.