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Agreement with Areva SA for Jaitapur to be vetted by Cabinet

Last Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 15:42

Kolkata: The terms of the final agreement
with French company Areva SA for the Jaitapur nuclear plant in
Maharashtra will be vetted by the Union Cabinet, a senior
official said on Sunday.

"The terms for the final contract are ready from our end
and they will be circulated among ministers soon after which
it will be placed before the Cabinet for its approval,"
Secretary to the Department of Atomic Energy and chairman
Atomic Energy Commission Srikumar Banerjee said.

He was in the city to inaugurate an exhibition.
The development signals the government`s firmness in
implementing the first phase of the 1650MWx2 plant out of a
total six Evolutionary Power Reactors totalling 9900 MW to be
executed by state-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India.

Japan`s Fukushima nuclear reactor accident following the
devastating tsunami would not be a barrier to going ahead with
the project, he said.

However, Banerjee had earlier said, "We are not trusting
the safety reviews done by the vendors. The licensing and
safety reviews for the Jaitapur reactors will be done by our
own nuclear regulators."

Banerjee said a team from the Atomic Energy Regulatory
Board had already been formed to look into the safety measures
of the Jaitapur nuke project.


First Published: Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 15:42
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