Westinghouse Hopes to Close the India Reactor Deal by March

According to Business Standard Toshiba Corporation’s Westinghouse Electric hopes to clinch a deal to build six nuclear reactors in India by end-March, CEO Daniel Roderick said, in time for a possible visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington to attend a global nuclear summit. A Westinghouse team was already in India to negotiate the deal, Roderick noted.

Daniel Roderick, president and CEO of Westinghouse

Daniel Roderick, president and CEO of Westinghouse

The proposed power plant in the western state of Gujarat will speed up India’s plans to build roughly 60 reactors and would give a boost to India’s $150-billion nuclear power program.

The ratification of the International Atomic Energy Agency‘s Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage is expected within weeks, an Indian government official said.

India has launched an insurance pool with a liability cap of about $222 million to assuage suppliers’ concerns, after a 2010 law gave the state-run operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., the right to seek damages from them in the event of an accident.

“We need to see the details of the insurance company and how the insurance will work at a level beyond what we have seen so far,” Roderick said in an interview. “And that needs to happen in the next 30 to 45 days.”

Roderick also remarked that if the GE-Hitachi deal did not eventually go through, Westinghouse would rather the Indian government gave it the site than to “Russia or somebody else”.

January 30, 2016   No Comments

India’s NPCIL receives Steam Generators for Kakrapar Atomic Power Station Unit 3

Larsen & Toubro Limited, an Indian multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mumbai has supplied two 700 MWe steam generators for Unit 3 of the Kakrapar nuclear energy plant located in the state of Gujarat. Each  steam  generator  weighs  about 215 tons  and  is  made  of special low-alloy quenched  &  tempered  steel  with nickel-iron-chromium  alloy tubes, and stainless steel internally.

Kakrapar Nuclear Energy Plant

Kakrapar Nuclear Energy Plant

“Success was achieved through relentless dedicated joint efforts by L&T & NPCIL engineers,” said M.V. Kotwal president of Larsen & Toubro’s  Heavy Engineering business unit.

Part of India’s efforts to  buil this reactor relies on  L&T Special Steel and Heavy Forgings,  a joint venture between Larsen & Toubro and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited reports Nuclear Street News.

July 9, 2015   No Comments

India, France Agree to Expedite Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s visit to France last month, India signed two agreements related to the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant located in the western state of Maharashtra.

One of these, a pre-engineering agreement signed with AREVA, Alstom and Nuclear Power Corporation of India, aims to bring greater clarity on all technical aspects of the project. The second agreement signed between AREVA and Larsen and Turbo — a private player — is aimed at “reduction of cost by increasing localization to improve the financial viability of the project”, reports Business Standard.

Location of Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant

Location of Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant

As a result of these agreements India’s apprehensions over the new European Pressurized Reactors technology have been assuaged, and the India’s Department of Atomic Energy is now ready to settle for a price per unit of electricity to be between 9 cents to 10 cents.

According to the Indo-French nuclear cooperation agreement in 2008, Nuclear Power Corporation of India, with the help of AREVA, was to construct six reactors of 1650 MW each. With transfer of technology, some of the equipment could be produced in India, which could have an overall bearing on the cost.

On completion, the Jaitapur plant will the produce the maximum energy from among all the nuclear power plants in the country.

May 2, 2015   1 Comment

India Inks Nuclear Energy Pact with Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on his first overseas tour since winning an election last month signed four agreements with India including one  for civilian nuclear co-operation, which envisages an “exchange of knowledge and expertise, sharing of resources, capacity building and training of personnel in peaceful uses of nuclear energy.” Bloomberg reports that Sri Lanka is seeking to incorporate nuclear energy into its long-term energy plans to diversify from biomass, hydroelectricity and imported oil products.

“The bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation is another demonstration of our mutual trust,” Modi told reporters.

Sri Lanka and India began talks on a civilian nuclear cooperation pact in 2012 and held another two rounds of talks last year, according to government statements.

India is one of the few countries with expertise in reactors suited to smaller power grids, and state-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited has previously expressed interest in exporting them. It offers more than five decades of experience in atomic energy. Its industry has built 5.8 gigawatts of capacity using mostly indigenous technology and plans to increase that to 62 gigawatts by 2032.

February 27, 2015   No Comments

Kudankulam Nuclear Units 3, 4, to Go Commercial in 2020-2021

The proposed units 3 and 4, the twin 1,000-MW reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, have cleared all administrative and statutory clearances and are proposed for to begin construction in 2015 and 2016. Commissioning is scheduled five years after that. Unit 1 is in production and Unit 2 is already completed.

The site has been made ready for construction. “The units… are scheduled for commissioning in 2020-21,” Union Minister of State for Department of Atomic Energy, Jitendra Singh, said.

December 21, 2014   No Comments