India may build large nuclear power plants

August 3rd, 2011 - 9:44 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) India is considering building large sized nuclear power plants in technical collaboration with some foreign vendors, the Lok Sabha was informed Wednesday.

Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V. Narayanasamy said in a written statement that this would be done “mainly to facilitate a faster growth of the nuclear power programme”.

These would be large light water reactors, the minister said.

Narayanasamy also said that the Indian nuclear reactor technologies were on par with international standards.

He was responding to Ramsinh Rathwa, who wanted to know if the Indian reactor technology would take a long time to reach international levels.

The minister said the Indian nuclear industry was now well matured and did not have to struggle for tackling embargoes to meet the needs of its nuclear power programme.

“Almost every aspect of nuclear engineering and technology pertaining to nuclear power plants and fuel cycle has already been indigenized.

“The current research and development efforts are towards development of technologies for advanced reactor systems.”

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