Govt plans to double nuclear power generation capacity

On Saturday, Union Minister Piyush Goyal stated that the Central government is looking at doubling nuclear power generation capacity to about 14,000 MW. However, Goyal also reiterated that nuclear energy would not become the main source of energy for the country.

Goyal informed media that the government plans to expand nuclear power generation capacity by 7,000 MW, adding to the existing 6,800 MW of nuclear energy currently being produced in the country. The power and coal minister added that the Union Cabinet had approved the proposal to set up 10 indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) with capacities of 700 MW each.

The reason for nuclear power not becoming the main source of electricity is that India imports the uranium required to power the nuclear power generating units, significantly raising the per unit cost of electricity. However, Goyal added that nuclear power would be preferred as a continuous source of electricity due to the environmental benefits present in nuclear power generation.

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