IAEA deal to spur power generation in India

February 3rd, 2009 - 6:08 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb 3 (ANI): Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar today said that India is set to expand power generation after signing the IAEA inspection deal that would end more than two decades of nuclear isolation and provide fuel for its civilian nuclear reactors.
Kakodkar, who was here to accept the Bharat Asmita award said that New Delhi was in process develop civil nuclear cooperation with several friendly countries in an attempt to generate energy capacity.
“It is one important step, there are several steps. We have to take in terms of implementation of the overall civil nuclear cooperation. The steps involved — actions on ourselves, actions at IAEA, actions between us and many friendly countries with whom we are trying to develop civil nuclear cooperation. This is going to be an ongoing process. We want to expand the electricity generation capacity in the country, so it will be an ongoing process,” Kakodkar said.
He said that three units were in an advanced stage and nearing completion.
“We expect three units to come on stream. They are already in very advance stage of construction. The two units at Rajasthan and one in Kaiga. May be later this year one of the Kudankulam unit also may come on stream, that will be the fourth,” he added.
India signed a pact on Monday governing U.N. inspections of its civilian nuclear plants, a key step toward implementing a U.S.-engineered accord that allows India to import nuclear materials and technology.
India will be required to make 14 of 22 nuclear reactors subject to regular non-proliferation inspections by 2014 under the terms of the deal with the IAEA.
IAEA oversight was stipulated when the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group agreed in September to lift a three-decade ban on nuclear trade with India, imposed for its past nuclear tests and refusal to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). (ANI)

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