Indo-Pak Affairs

India plans to purchase six nuclear reactors from France

NEW DELHI: India plans to procure six nuclear power reactors from France. An Indo-French nuclear business meet will begin in Mumbai, business capital of India, from October 15, in the backdrop of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) planning to buy six nuclear power reactors from France. The meeting is organised by the French embassy in collaboration with NPCIL. “The two-day meet is to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in the nuclear power sector and also to improve the relationship between the industries of both India and France,” reports here said quoting S K Agrawal, Director of Projects of NPCIL as saying.

“We are expecting the participation of over 20 French nuclear companies including AREVA and an equal number from India,” he said. NPCIL plans to buy six nuclear power reactors from France, Agrawal was quoted by Iran’s official IRNA news agency. AREVA could be one of the biggest suppliers for its Jaitapur site in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra which is one of the four coastal sites selected by NPCIL for imported reactors, he said. Also, NPCIL can enter into business with the French only after the completion of the Indo-US deal, he said.

On that front, US has a timeframe for the entire process including India’s discussion with the International Atomic Energy Agency on safeguards and US’ negotiations with the NSG countries. Asked whether other members of Nuclear Suppliers Group were also in touch with NPCIL officials, Agrawal said, the Japanese were interested and Mitsuibishi had held talks with the NPCIL officials.-SANA

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