Indigenous N-reactors: Russia’s gift to India

Russia will construct six new reactors for India by 2017. Vladimir Putin’s visit has seen the two countries chalk out and agree on a roadmap for construction of reactors with Russian design in India.

The deal is a step towards India’s decision to have indigenously built nuclear reactors, sources in the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) said.

“The roadmap calls for progressive indigenisation of suppliers for reactors to be constructed in collaboration with Russia beyond the level already envisaged in units 3 and 4 at Kudankolam,” said DAE spokesperson S.K. Malhotra.

The deal means that more and more components will be manufactured in India, and will be used as part of Russian reactors. This comes as a significant development after sanctions on India were lifted for civil nuclear deals in mid-2008.

It was after this that India signed its first civil nuclear cooperation with France-based nuclear firm Areva to built reactors in Maharashtra.

Of the six reactors that are to be built within the 12th Five-Year Plan, four will be constructed at Kudankolam in Tamil Nadu and two at Haripur in West Bengal.

Putin’s visit to India has also seen plans being envisaged to build more reactors with Russian cooperation in the 13th Five-Year Plan.

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