The Government, in July
2014, had announced tripling of the then existing capacity of 4780 MW in
the next ten years. With the commencement of commercial operation of
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), Unit-1 (1000 MW) in December
2014, the installed nuclear power capacity in the country has reached
5780 MW. In addition, KKNPP, Unit-2 (1000 MW) has been connected to the
grid for the first time in August-2016 and is presently generating
infirm power. On commencement of commercial operation of KKNPP-2, the
installed nuclear power capacity in the country will reach to 6780 MW.
Further, four reactors with a total capacity of 2800 MW are under
construction and four more reactors with a total capacity of 3400 MW
have been accorded sanction by the Government. Bharatiya Nabhikiya
Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI), a public sector company under Department
of Atomic Energy (DAE), is building one 500 MWe capacity Prototype Fast
Breeder Reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu. PFBR is expected to be
functional by October 2017. On progressive completion of these projects,
the installed nuclear capacity will reach 13480 MW. More reactors based
on both indigenous technologies and with foreign technical cooperation
are also planned in future.
The present share of nuclear energy in the country is about 3.2% in the
current financial year 2016-17 (up to Feb-2017).
The nuclear power plants in the country are presently operating close to
their rated capacity.
This information was provided by the Union Minister of State
(Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS
PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space,
Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.