Indian suppliers ready for more players in nuclear industry

August 13th, 2008 - 11:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) India’s energy equipment manufacturers are ready to supply to a burgeoning nuclear power industry once the India-US nuclear deal is approved, a senior industry leader said here Wednesday. “Only the approvals are required, but we have the capacity to be the major suppliers (for equipment),” said P.V. Kannan, managing director of Micromax Systems, which supplies control and instrumentation equipment for power plants.

“BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd) is already supplying to NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corp India Ltd), but when the field opens up, there are enough suppliers in Trichy (Tamil Nadu) to cater to their needs,” he said.

Kannan, chairman of an industry exhibition on energy equipment and fabrication - Energex-2008 - to be held at Trichy next month, said officials from NPCIL visited the exhibition last year and were expected to visit this year too.

Trichy has become a hub of manufacturing units of energy equipments. In fact, most of the fabrication of windmill towers is taking place in factories dotted around the city. “More and more power companies that are coming into India are looking at Trichy for sourcing (equipment),” he said.

Energex 2008, to be held Sept 26-27, will have over 80 exhibitions from India as well as from China, the UK and the US.

Besides, there will be a one-day conference, focusing on “Advanced Technologies in Power Generation” with a theme of “Power to Power the World”, he added.

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