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PostPosted: Dec 07, 2010 8:25 am 
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France has inched ahead of the United States in the race to corner India's lucrative civilian nuclear market, by signing a multibillion-dollar deal to set up two nuclear reactors in the western state of Maharashtra.

Areva, one of France's top nuclear companies, yesterday (December 6) signed a deal with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India to build two European pressurised reactors in the port of Jaitapur in the state.

The deal for building the two reactors, which is worth around US$9.3 billion, was signed in the presence of visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Following the two reactors, France will build another four at the site. Altogether, India will see about 20 reactors built in the coming years.

India hopes to make up for its energy deficiencies by boosting its civilian nuclear capabilities to provide 10,000MW of power in the next 30 years.

While US President Barack Obama was unable to move India-US civilian nuclear cooperation forward during his visit last month, due to concerns over a domestic nuclear law that the US sees as non-compliant with international norms, Sarkozy showed no hesitation in getting his country first off the block in building nuclear reactors.

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PostPosted: Dec 07, 2010 11:47 am 
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"India hopes to make up for its energy deficiencies by boosting its civilian nuclear capabilities to provide 10,000MW of power in the next 30 years."

10 GW of power for India over the next 30 years is a very modest goal. Especially when they have already signed on for two 1650 MWatt reactors and site plans for four more. That's 10 GW at that site alone. Perhaps a reporter got the story wrong.


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PostPosted: Dec 08, 2010 8:30 pm 
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India basically needs to import uranium and to recycle it for optimum use. France and Russia are exporters of this commodity and the US imports it. It imports it from both of these sources. The critical clauses are supply of fuel for reactor lifetime and no ban on recycling it. US is unlikely to be able to match it.
Purchase of costly EPR (too steep even for the US) is the advance payment for fuel. Indians hope that the French can get the pressure vessels forged in Japan. Russian reactors are cheaper and the Russians will produce the heavy forgings required themselves.
PHWR and FBR,s can be built indigenously but the fuel still has to be imported. The situation will improve only once sufficient fissile feed for thorium fuel is available.


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PostPosted: Dec 09, 2010 10:31 am 
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Lars wrote:
10 GW of power for India over the next 30 years is a very modest goal..... Perhaps a reporter got the story wrong.

It seems so:
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NPC plans consortium for export of reactors
Business Standard
9 December 2010
SANJAY JOG Mumbai

State-run Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC) has initiated talks with Indian companies and financial institutions to form a consortium for exporting pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) to emerging economies.

The consortium will facilitate export of PHWRs to less developed countries including Myanmar, Cambodia, Kazakstan, Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia.

NPC is at present working on increasing India’s nuclear capacity to 63,000 MW by 2032, from the present 4,460 MW.

NPC will provide technology support, manage projects and be responsible for human resource in the proposed consortium, while other partners would take care of nuclear and turbines and balance of plant island.

NPC CMD SK Jain told Business Standard: “NPC has adequate experience and a proven technology in the form of PHWRs. These reactors are of 220 MW and 540 MW. Countries which we are targeting will need such reactors as their grid cannot take capacity of 1,000 MW reactors. The exports can be possible through a consortium, as NPC alone cannot fulfill country-specific requirements. The consortium will be formed along the lines of the French reactor supplier Areva.”


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PostPosted: Dec 10, 2010 3:22 am 
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Another partner may be required in the consortium as a nuclear fuel or at least uranium supplier. France and Russia, the biggest exporters of nuclear fuel, have their own reactors to export and may not be interested. An African partner may be required.


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