India closer to building world's biggest nuclear plant: French Firm

The facility intended to provide 10 gigawatts (GW) of electricity, roughly enough for 70 million households and the construction is expected to take 15 years

In a bilateral relation, French energy group EDF took a key step towards helping to build the world's biggest nuclear power plant in India. This project was blocked for years by nuclear procedures and local antagonism. The decision was announced on Friday.


The company said it had filed a binding offer to supply engineering studies and equipment to build six, third-generation EPR reactors in Jaitapur, western India.


The facility intended to provide 10 gigawatts (GW) of electricity, roughly enough for 70 million households and the construction is expected to take 15 years, but the site should be able to start generating electricity before its completion.


EDF also said that it would not only build the power plant itself, but would also provide the nuclear reactors in a deal that includes US partner GE Steam Power.


The state-owned PSU Nuclear Power Corporation of India controls the national nuclear energy sector, and the EDF offer was submitted to the country's nuclear operator NPCIL. Though no financial details have been released, the contract is estimated to be worth in the tens of billions of euros (dollars).

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