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“India’s Nuclear Power generation capacity to Increase by around 70 …!”, says Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh

India’s Nuclear Power generation capacity is to increase by around 70 percent in the next 5 years”, says Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh while convening a high-level meeting to review the 100 days Action Plan of the Department of Atomic Energy here today.

India’s Minister of Energy, Dr. Jitendra Singh, has announced a 70% increase in the country’s installed capacity of 7.48 GWe to 13.08 GWe by 2029, with the addition of seven new reactors. He urged the department to collaborate and harness full potential through capacity building and knowledge sharing.

Singh emphasized the importance of indigenous technology development and energy security, allowing joint ventures with public sector units, increasing budget through collaboration, and using next-generation technologies. He also highlighted the ease of doing research and scaling up activities, giving single-point approval to promote ease of science and ease of living for citizens through nuclear technology application.

The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) is designing the 220MW Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) for captive nuclear power generation and is working on the Bharat Small Modular Reactor (BSMR) 220 MW for light water-based reactors.

Singh also mentioned a public sector undertaking to complete the initial fuel loading of the Prototype Fast Breeder reactor, which is expected to produce more fuel than it consumes. He emphasized the importance of focusing on energy security, health, food security, radiopharmaceuticals, nuclear medicine, agriculture, and food preservation.

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