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India places four more reactors under IAEA list

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India has decided to place four more reactors under the IAEA safeguards.

Accordingly, two Russian-designed Pressurised Light Water Reactors and two Pressurised Heavy Reactors being built with Indian technology will be covered.

Making the annoucement, Sekhar Basu, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, said a total of 26 Indian nuclear facilities will be under the international nuclear energy watchdog IAEA. This was stated at the 62nd General Conference of IAEA Vienna, Austria.
Further, he reiterated the primacy to IAEA in its central role in promotion of atomic energy for peaceful uses and prosperity of the mankind while maintaining its due support in safeguards. Giving an update on the country’s nuclear power programme, Basu said the plans to build 21 reactors by 2030 was on track. Discussions with foreign partners for bringing different technology are also on. AEC has signed the industrial-way-forward agreement between NPCIL, India and EDF of France in March for the establishment of six nuclear power reactors of EPR technology. The indigenously developed prototype fast breeder reactor of 500 MWe is undergoing sodium commissioning and criticality is expected next year.

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