It looks as if CM’s recent Russia tour is bearing more results than what was expected. After the US Based Westinghouse’s Nuclear Power Project that is likely to come to AP rather than Gujarat, Russia seems to be also joining the nuclear power plant league.
A leading newspaper daily confirms that Russian owned Rosatom will build its next phase of six reactors in Andhra Pradesh as well. The location in all likelihood is going to be Kavali in Nellore district.
The govt of India intends to create the base for ‘clean’ energy in Coastal Andhra. Considering all the projects that are coming from countries like Russia, the U.S. and NPCIL, the NPPs in Andhra could account for more than 30,000 MW, as against the Central govt’s goal of 63,000 MW to be installed by year 2031.
The possible site for the six Russian reactors was discussed at length during the CM’s tour in Russia, when he met the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
More concrete plans to this effect are said to be announced once President Vladimir Putin visits India this October.
“It’s huge,” said Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the newspaper daily. The minister who had led the delegation to Russia shared the possible road map ahead on this context. “In Andhra Pradesh, six nuclear centres are going to be created, totaling thousands of megawatts in capacity. Of course, Andhra Pradesh will have both American and Russian participation in nuclear energy generation, but the Russians will be the first to “Make in India” in the nuclear sphere in Andhra,” she said.
Coming to the US based Toshiba and Westinhouse collaboration to set up 6 reactors of 1,100 megawatts each, more information is awaited.
“In addition, Tata, Adani and Essar, which are the largest power producers in the State, were never comfortable with another giant plant being set up in the State,” an official said.
It has to be remembered that during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington in June 2016, NPCIL and Westinghouse had collectively announced their plans with AP, confirming their mission to complete the commercial agreement for 6 reactors by June 2017.
All this on one side, U.S. company GE-Hitachi was also allocated a site in Kovvada earlier, where the AP state govt plans its nuclear park. The discussions to provide 6 Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactors (ESBWRs) of 1594 MW have slowed over India’s insistence on being provided only tried-and-tested reactor technology, but the project remains a key part of Andhra Pradesh’s power projections.
Source – The Hindu