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Slow progress in N-projects forces Govt to prune targets

, December 12, 2011, 0 Comments

New Delhi, December 12, 2011 : From the 20,000 mega watt electrical (MWe) nuclear capacity target by 2020 that was firmed up close on the heels of the euphoria surrounding the passage of the Indo-US nuclear deal, the targets have now been revised by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to just 10,080 MWe by the year 2017. Protest at the Haripur site in West Bengal, which was being offered to the Russians as a second site, has also put the project in limbo. Plus, a beefing up of the domestic nuclear liability regime, effectively granting the operator (NPCIL) the right of recourse against suppliers of equipment, seems to have dampened the earlier enthusiasm among global reactor vendors. The Department seems to be now looking at the medium-term, with the latest target of 27,480 MWe being set for the year 2023-24.