India to set up world’s biggest nuke plant soon: French Firm

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Paris: India is closer to building world’s biggest nuke plant, according to a French firm. The firm said it is helping India to set up the plant at Jaitapur in Maharashtra.

The project was blocked for years by nuclear events and local opposition. It faced opposition however from local inhabitants since the idea was first floated around 20 years ago, and was delayed after the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan.

The Shiv Sena campaigned against the plan, though it has become less vocal recently.

Once completed, the facility will provide 10 gigawatts (GW) of electricity. The power will be sufficient for nearly 70 million households in the country.

Although no financial details have been released, the contract is estimated to be worth in the tens of billions of euros (dollars). The project will create around 25,000 local jobs during the construction phase, and around 2,700 permanent jobs.

Presently, there are 22 functioning nuclear reactors in India, most of them pressurized heavy water reactors. These plants provide nearly three percent of the country’s power.

 

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