India’s Nuclear Power Generation Capacity Expected to Reach 22,480 MW by 2031 | Photo credit: Representative image
- India has given administrative approval and financial sanction for the construction of 10 indigenous 700 MW pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs)
- 10 reactors totaling 8,000 MW under construction at various stages in India
- India currently has 22 nuclear reactors with a total capacity of 6,780 MW in operation
India plans to increase its nuclear power generation capacity with the addition of 10 reactor approvals that the central government has already granted. India’s nuclear capacity will reach 22,480 MW by 2031 with the addition of these 10 reactors, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said.
The Union minister said the government planned to commission more nuclear power plants for power generation.
In a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, he said, there are currently 22 reactors with a total capacity of 6,780 MW in operation and one reactor, KAPP-3 (700 MW) has been connected to the network in 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 given administrative approval and financial sanction for the construction of 10 indigenous 700 MW pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs) to be installed in fleet mode. Once the projects under construction are completed, India’s nuclear capacity is expected to reach 22,480 MW by 2031.
Other nuclear power plants are also planned in the future, he added.
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 safety principles of 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. The 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.