GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and India’s Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) will together explore potential project design opportunities for GEH’s future nuclear projects in India and the rest of the world.

Under the agreement, the two firms will collaborate on areas including early feasibility design studies, product and project engineering work.

The Indian Government has identified two possible sites for a new station featuring multiple reactors based on GEH’s 1,520MW ESBWR model in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

TCE CEO and managing director R. Srinivasan said as India prepares to build new reactor projects, TCE is working with nuclear industry companies like GE Hitachi to ensure that India has the necessary project resources to build and operate new nuclear reactors.

The agreement will leverage India’s domestic engineering capabilities and enable GEH to increase the local content of its ESBWR product offering for its customer, state-owned utility Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL).