Published On:June 6 2015
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NPCIL to add 2 reactors to Tarapur plant.
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) plans to expand the Tarapur Atomic Power Station with two new reactors, which will have a capacity of about 1,400 MW. Indigenously developed Advance Heavy Water Reactors could be installed at the site.
While plant operator NPCIL refused to confirm the development, a senior official of the Department of Atomic Energy told BusinessLine that an expansion plan was on the drawing board. Since Tarapur is one of the oldest nuclear plants in the country it has adequate land for further expansion.
The Tarapur plant, located about 145 km away from Mumbai, already has four installed reactors with a capacity of 1,400 MW. In 1968, two reactors were installed and in 2006, two more were added. The new reactors being planned will cost about Rs. 16,800 crore, as the approximate cost per MW is about Rs. 12 crore. The plant came up at a huge social cost as a number of villages had to be relocated. The problems of rehabilitation have still not been fully addressed by NPCIL.
Local residents and environmentalists are opposing the new reactors, as they fear that six reactors in one location could pose danger to the population. Any kind of accident could set off a cataclysmic event.