Nuclear capacity increases by more than 40% in 7 years

India’s installed nuclear capacity has increased from 4,780 MW to 6,780 MW, an increase of more than 40% over the past seven years, the government said on Wednesday.

The country is pursuing a three-step national nuclear energy program to ensure long-term energy security in a sustainable manner, said Jitendra Singh, minister of state at the Department of Space and Atomic Energy, in response to a question posed to Lok Sabha.

“In addition, light water reactors based on foreign cooperation are also being set up as additionalities. A large nuclear power expansion program is underway to provide the country with clean electricity,” a- he said in a written response.

“Over the past seven years, installed nuclear capacity has grown from 4,780 MW to 6,780 MW, an increase of over 40%,” Singh said.

Responding to another question, the minister said the current annual uranium production in the country is not sufficient to meet the annual fuel needs of all operational uranium-based nuclear power plants.

“However, we are constantly exploring the possibility of an alternative thorium-based fuel in this regard for which we have sufficient reserves. In addition, the ministry also imports uranium from different countries like Canada, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Russia, ”Singh said.

The Directorate of Exploration and Research of Atomic Minerals (AMD), a constituent unit of the Department of Atomic Energy DAE, has the mandate to identify, evaluate and increase the mineral resources of uranium, thorium, niobium, tantalum, beryllium, lithium, zirconium, titanium. and rare earths containing uranium and thorium in the country, he said.

“As of November 2021, AMD had established 3,58,496 tonnes

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