• Recently, the Centre has given in-principle (first step) approval for setting up of six nuclear power reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra.
  • The Jaitpur Project is a key component of the strategic partnership between India and France.
  • Nuclear Power
  • Nuclear power is clean and environment friendly, apart from having a “huge potential to ensure the country’s long-term energy security on a sustainable basis.
  • The nuclear power plants have so far generated about 755 billion units of electricity, saving about 650 million Tonnes of CO2 emission.
  • Net zero targets are expected to be met through a combination of various clean energy sources, including nuclear power.
  • The present nuclear power capacity of 6,780 MW is expected to be increased to 22,480 MW by 2031 on completion of projects.

Important points:

  • Jaitapur would be the world’s most powerful nuclear power plant. There would be six state-of-the-art Evolutionary Power Reactors with an installed capacity of 9.6 GWe that will produce low carbon electricity.
  • The six nuclear power reactors, which will have a capacity of 1,650 MW each, will be set up with technical cooperation from France.
  • It would provide electricity to seven crore households. That’s huge. It’s a complex project. Both countries are dedicated to reaching an agreement.
  • This project will embody the strong partnership between India and France, a commitment to low carbon future, and will directly benefit Maharashtra with thousands of local jobs


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