In 2014, India’s nuclear power generation capacity was 4,780 MW.
Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh said a number of measures have been taken by the Narendra Modi government to expedite all ongoing nuclear projects and the establishment of new power plants in different parts of the country.
“When we came to power in 2014, we set ourselves the goal of tripling nuclear power generation in 10 years and we hope to achieve that goal,” he told Question Time. .
The minister, however, said that to generate targeted nuclear power there must be sufficient uranium available – both from domestic and foreign sources.
Singh said the government was actively pursuing the process of acquiring uranium from different sources, including exploration in new places like Bihar and Meghalaya.
He said that for the first time, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India has been allowed to set up joint venture nuclear power plants with public sector companies.
The minister said the third stage of India’s nuclear power program envisions using thorium along with uranium-233 as fuel in thorium-based reactors.
Through years of sustained effort, India has gained experience on the entire thorium fuel cycle at a semi-industrial scale, he said.
“Development activities include studies on thorium mining, fuel fabrication and irradiation, reprocessing studies, including the construction of an engineering-scale power reactor, a thorium and the establishment of Purnima and KAMINI research reactors fueled with uranium 233,” he said.
Singh said the Bhabha Atomic Research Center and research organizations attached to the DAE are engaged in various R&D activities to address the use of thorium in different types of reactors, including efforts to expand existing cycle experience. thorium on a larger scale.