Environmental clearance for six Areva nuclear reactor project in India

India hopes to install 6 reactors each of 1650 MW that it will import from the French nuclear giant Areva in a roughly, 18 billion euro deal. The 9,900 MW Jaitapur nuclear power project to be set up in collaboration with a French firm in Maharashtra will soon become a reality albeit with some conditions.

The project involves setting up six units of 1650 MWe capacity each. The first unit is expected to be commissioned by 2017-18. It will help Maharashtra reduce its energy deficit. “Nearly 1000 hectares of land has already been acquired for the project,” Mr. Chavan said.

Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh announced the clearance with 35 conditions and safeguards during a press conference here on Sunday.

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