French power firm Areva has signed a pre-engineering agreement (PEA) with Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) to set up two evolutional pressurised reactors (EPR) at the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project in Maharashtra, a state in India.
The reactors will have a capacity of 1,650MW each.
The agreement also includes provision for licence assessment of the EPR project in compliance with Indian laws, codes, guides, regulations, manuals, practices, and general acceptability.
Under the PEA, the state-owned NPCIL will be guided to know more about EPR technology, an advanced light water reactor (LWR) technology to be implemented at the facility having a proposed capacity of 9,900MW.
As well as conducting thorough safety analysis, NPCIL will also initiate the licensing process for the facility with Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).
The PEA will also try to localise the components of the power plant, to increase India’s domestic capabilities according to the ‘Make in India’ campaign.
It is expected that the pre-engineering arrangements will bring down time and cost during the implementation of the nuclear power project.
The agreement marks India’s interest to collaborate with France for civil nuclear power.
Areva has also signed a co-operation deal with India-based L&T to maximise localisation of EPR nuclear reactors in the country.