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Safety and Capacity of Nuclear Power Plant

New Delhi: November 23,2012

The current installed nuclear power capacity in the country is 4780 MW comprising twenty nuclear power reactors.

 

          There are seven nuclear power reactors, with a capacity of 5300 MW, under construction.  The details are as follows:

 

Project

 

Location & State

Capacity (MW)

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project Units 1&2

Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu

2X1000

Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu

500

Kakrapar Atomic Power Project Units 3&4

Kakrapar, Gujarat

2X700

Rajasthan Atomic Power Project Units 7&8

Rawatbhata, Rajasthan

2X700

 

         

 The XII Five Year Plan proposals envisage start of work on 19 nuclear power reactors with a capacity of 17400 MW.  The details are:

 

Project

Location

Reactor Type

Capacity (MW)

Indigenous Reactors

Gorakhpur, Units 1&2

Gorakhpur, Haryana

PHWR

2X700

Chutka, Units 1&2

Chutka, Madhya Pradesh

PHWR

2X700

Kaiga, Units 5&6

Kaiga, Karnataka

PHWR

2X700

Mahi Banswara, Units 1&2

Mahi Banswara, Rajasthan

PHWR

2X700

Fast Breeder Reactor, Units 1&2

Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu

FBR

2X500

Advanced Heavy Water Reactor

Site to be decided

AHWR

300

LWRS with International cooperation

Kudankulam Units 3&4

Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu

LWR

2X1000

Jaitapur Units 1&2

Jaitapur, Maharashtra

LWR

2X1650

Chhaya Mithi Virdi Units 1&2

Chhaya Mithi Virdi, Gujarat

LWR

2X1100

Kovvadda Units 1&2

Kovvada, Andhra Pradesh

LWR

2X1500

 

         

Safety is accorded utmost importance in all phases of nuclear power plants from siting, design, construction, commissioning, operation & maintenance and eventual decommissioning.  The standards of safety followed in India are consistent with the best practices followed in the world.  The nuclear power plant sites are evaluated in accordance with the criteria as laid down in the regulatory codes.  The nuclear power plants are designed using defence-in-depth approach based on well defined principles of redundancy and diversity.  The construction is carried out to meet the highest safety and quality standards.  The operation of nuclear power plants is carried out in accordance with laid down procedures approved by the regulatory authority by trained personnel duly licensed by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).  There is a robust regulatory mechanism in place for enforcement of safety in all activities right from initial siting to decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

 

The above information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and in the Prime Ministerís Office, Shri V. Narayanasamy to the Parliament. 

 

 

 
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