India approves 10 nuclear reactors for power generation

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN News Desk) - India approves 10 new nuclear reactors as it aims to meet a 2032 target of generating 63 GW of nucler power. 

India’s Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of 10 indigenous pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) for nuclear power generation.

"The cabinet has approved to install 10 indigenously built PWHRs," Union Minister Piyush Goyal said at a press conference after the cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Goyal, who is Union Power and Coal Minister, said the new PWHRs will generate 7,000 megawatts of power. 

At present India generates 6,780 MW (6.78 gigawatts) from nuclear power but hopes to dramatically expand its capacity to 63 GW by 2032.  

Goyal also said that nuclear reactors, which will produce 6,700 MW, are under implementation and these are expected to be completed by 2021-22.

Nuclear power is India’s fifth source of energy, after coal, natural gas, hydroelectric, and other renewable energy sources. 

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