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Global N-cooperation will boost local power programme


On these two specific issues has the BJP consulted you and sought your advice? India should continue to pursue seriously the three-stage indigenous programme and the International civil nuclear cooperation will boost it in many ways, Chairman, Atomic energy Commission Anil Kakodkar, said.

India could reach a stage of energy independence by supplementing its indigenous programme with the imported reactors without compromising environment, Kakodkar said, while addressing scientists on the 99th birth anniversary of Homi J Bhabha.

“We are entering a new era in which we would continue to implement the domestic three-stage programme and supplement it with additional nuclear power generation capacity through external inputs,” he said.

“This also underscores the importance of our approach that as we build additional Pressurised Heavy Water ReactorS (PHWRs) and Light Water Reactors (LWRs) on the basis of domestic and imported technology respectively, we would make Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) technology along with its rapid deployment, robust enough to support a short doubling time and competitive commercial performance,” he said.

“This is already a part of our current R and D mission and I have no doubt that the entire approach is feasible,” Kakodkar said, adding, “we need to realise that in spite of our success in technological terms with respect to first (PHWR) and second stage (FBR) and with their most optimistic deployment rate, there will still be a very large gap between electricity generation requirement on one hand and the generation capacity on the other.”
“This gap would in fact increase and become alarmingly large over the next three or four decades. Bridging of this gap through import of energy at that time would become very difficult because of concerns regarding availability and prices,” he pointed out.

Enhancing the size of the first stage of Indian nuclear programme using PHWR from the present target of 10,000 MW to something four to five times larger in as short a time as possible (using imported and domestic uranium) is thus a good solution to this problem that has both long and short term importance, he said.