EnergyGeneral Studies III

Nuclear Energy Production

Department of Atomic Energy

Why in news?

Dr. Jitendra Singh In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today, he said, Nuclear energy is a clean, environment friendly base load source of power available 24X7. It also has huge potential which can ensure long term energy security of the country in a sustainable manner.

Key Highlights:

  • There are presently 22 reactors with a total capacity of 6780 MW in operation and
  • One reactor, KAPP-3 (700 MW) has been connected to the grid on January 10, 2021.
  • In addition, there are 8 reactors (including 500 MW PFBR being implemented by BHAVINI) totaling to 6000 MW under construction at various stages.
  • The Government has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for construction of 12 nuclear power reactors
  • 10 indigenous 700 MW Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) to be set up in fleet mode & 2 units of Light Water Reactors (LWRs) to be set up in cooperation with Russian Federation.
  • On progressive completion of the projects under construction and accorded sanction, the nuclear capacity is expected to reach 22480 MW by 2031.
  • The Government has also accorded ‘In-Principle’ approval for five new sites for locating nuclear power plants in future.

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