Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday July 28 that the government plans to commission more nuclear power plants for power generation, according to an official statement.
In a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Singh said that at present there are 22 nuclear reactors with a total capacity of 6780 MW in operation and one reactor, KAPP-3 (700 MW). was connected to the network on January 10, 2021.
In addition, there are 10 reactors (including 500 MW PFBR implemented by BHAVINI) totaling 8,000 MW under construction at different stages, the minister said.
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 fleet mode.
“After the gradual completion of the projects under construction and the sanction granted, nuclear capacity is expected to reach 22,480 MW by 2031. Other nuclear power plants are also planned in the future,” Singh said. noted.
“The highest priority is given to safety in all aspects of nuclear energy, including site selection, design, construction, commissioning and operation. Nuclear power plants are designed adopting safety principles of redundancy, diversity and providing fail-safe design characteristics after in-depth defense, ”he said in response to a question about the implementation. place of adequate safeguards in nuclear power plants.
This ensures that there are multiple barriers between the source of radioactivity and the environment, Singh added.
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, he said.