Chennai: India has drawn up an ambitious plan
to reach a nuclear power capacity of 63,000 MW in 2032 by
setting up of 16 indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors
(PHWR) each, including ten based on reprocessed uranium, a top
Nuclear Power Corporation Limited (NPCIL) official today said.
"Out of the total target of 63,000 MW, about 40,000 MW
will be generated through Light Water Reactors (LWR) with
international cooperation," NPCIL Chairman and Managing
Director S K Jain said.
He stated this at the second International Conference on
Asian Nuclear Prospects (ANUP-2010) organised by the Indira
Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in association with
the Indian Nuclear Society and International Atomic Agency at
Mamallapuram, about 50 km from here.
He also said India would export 220 MW, 540 MW and 700 MW
PHWRs by 2032. Beyond 2032, large capacity addition would be
taken up by setting up metallic fuel FBRs and introduction of
reactors based on thorium 232 and uranium 233 fuel cycle.
Currently, India was in a position for setting up its
export model 220 MW PHWR in friendly countries, he said.
"Countries with existing nuclear power projects and
expansion plans have to face key challenges such as continued
efforts in achieving enhanced safety and reliability in the
existing and future nuclear power projects", he said, adding
these countries should also retain the public confidence.
Other challenges, including retaining the necessary human
resource competencies, reinforcing nuclear safety and
security, management of spent fuel and radioactive waste,
maintaining confidence in nuclear non-proliferation and
achieving, for the long term, effective and sustainable use of
resources are ahead for the countries that looking for
expansion plans in nuclear power projects.
He also said large pool of technical manpower, developed
nuclear technologies, including fuel cycle and waste
management, developed industry and allied infrastructure,
proven safety and cost advantages were the strengths of Asia
in the nuclear sector.