Electricity generation from India’s nuclear power plants has exceeded targets, partly through imports making uranium more readily available, according to Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
NPCIL executive director Sudhinder Thakur said in a statement that electricity output from the country’s nuclear power plants between April and September 2010 was 10.853 terawatt-hours (TWh), about 5% above the target output set by the Central Electricity Authority.
“Significantly, the nuclear power generation in the period April to September 2010 is 23% higher than the generation during the corresponding period last year,” Thakur noted.
He added, “This increase in generation has been possible through augmentation of fuel supplies resulting from the international cooperation in nuclear business and import of uranium for some of the pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) and also increased supply of uranium from domestic sources.”
“With this trend, the total generation in the year 2010-11 is expected to be about 10% higher than the target fixed for the corresponding period,” Thakur said. “Significantly, a target of about 32 TWh – 45% higher than the target for 2010-11 – is being proposed in respect of the year 2011-12.”
India currently has 19 nuclear power reactors in operation with a combined capacity of 4183 MWe (net). According to estimates from the World Nuclear Association, some 908 tonnes of uranium will be required during 2010 to fuel these units. A further four reactors are also under construction in India.