French n-regulator nod for Jaitapur's EPR reactors



New Delhi: NPCIL on Monday said a safety review by the French nuclear regulator has made no comments on having additional systems EPR reactors proposed for the Jaitapur nuclear project, setting the stage for restarting negotiations on the delayed venture.

"A quick scan of the ASN report shows that there are no clear comments on any system that has to be added to the EPRs," S A Bhardwaj, Director (Technical), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) told reporters here.

He said a detailed review of the report of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) would take a week and the NPCIL would like to restart negotiations by the end of this month. The talks on signing a commercial agreement between NPCIL and French company Areva had been stalled after the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The Indian nuclear operator was awaiting a report on the safety aspects of the Evolutionary Pressurised Reactor (EPR) which was reviewed by ASN along with the 58 nuclear power units under operation in France.

Post-Fukushima, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) had carried out a similar safety review of all 20 operational nuclear power plants in India and suggested some additional safety measures. On the Kudankulam project, Bhardwaj said the first unit of the nuclear power plant could be started three months after the ongoing agitation is called off.

He said a number of contract employees at the Kudankulam nuclear power project have taken other jobs elsewhere as the anti-nuclear protestors were not allowing them inside the plant premises.

PTI