Monday, December 10, 2007

Centre plans to boost N-power capacity by 86% to 7,280 Mw

The government drew up plans to increase power generation from nuclear energy by more than 86% to 7,280 Mw by the end of 11th Plan period (2011-12), reports Business Standard.

By the end of the 11th plan, centre is proposing to add an additional 3,380 Mw of nuclear power energy, despite ongoing uncertainty over the future of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

The 11th Plan draft document which was cleared by the Union Cabinet and will be place before the National Development Council (NDC) for final approval on December 19 says , that generation of additional capacity will be from the nuclear plants that are under construction.

Currently, the country has installed nuclear energy capacity of 3,900 Mw, which is 3.1 % of the total installed capacity of the power sector.

Without referring to the Indo-US deal, the document states that the center is making efforts to import nuclear fuel from abroad, and the `effect of this is likely to be visible in the 12th plan period.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) has indicated a capacity addition of about 11,000 Mw during the 12th plan. `

The government was also likely to involve other PSUs and the private sector in execution of the nuclear power projects in the future, the document said.

The plant load factor (PLF) of the NPCIL, which increased from 60 % in 1956-96 to 82 % in 2000-01, came down to 57% in 2006-07 mainly on account of constraints in availability of nuclear fuel.

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