Nuclear Energy Goes a Long Way to Meet Indian Power Needs

24 August 2009 (Last Updated August 24th, 2009 18:30)

Almost half of India's power requirements could be met by nuclear energy, the country's nuclear chief has announced. “The proportion of nuclear power by 2050 could well be around 50% – 600-700GW – if we successfully bring to bear the indigenous capability”, Atomic Energy Commission chai

Almost half of India's power requirements could be met by nuclear energy, the country's nuclear chief has announced.

“The proportion of nuclear power by 2050 could well be around 50% – 600-700GW – if we successfully bring to bear the indigenous capability”, Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar told Asian Nuclear Energy magazine.

Currently, less than 3% of India's power needs are met by nuclear energy and the country is expected to generate around 25% of its energy from nuclear power by the middle of the century, according to the Times in India.

However, Anil Kakodkar said that the 25% target would be hit by 2020.

India is planning to increase the capacity of 17 nuclear power reactors from 4,120MW to 10,000MW by 2012.

Last year the signing of a civilian technology supply agreement by India with the US led India to emerge from years of nuclear isolation.

The country's nuclear capacity will get a major impetus as a result of the sale of foreign nuclear technology, equipment and fuel to India under the agreement, according to Kakodkar.