Foreign suppliers urged to step up as India backs own nuclear design

Thu May 18, 2017 10:19am GMT

* New Delhi plans ninefold boost in nuclear capacity by 2032

* India fast-tracks own-brand reactor construction

* Continues parallel talks with foreign suppliers

* Reactor makers must be financially sound - official

* India will only buy proven reactor technology

By Douglas Busvine

NEW DELHI, May 18 (Reuters) - India's plan to build 10 of its own nuclear reactors does not signal a pivot away from foreign suppliers, but to succeed their projects must be financially sound and based on proven technology, a top official told Reuters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet on Wednesday backed a plan to build a fleet of indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) capable of generating 7,000 megawatts of power - more than India's existing installed capacity.

The announcement comes as talks with U.S., French and Russian suppliers drag but Sekhar Basu, secretary of the government's Department of Atomic Energy, rejected suggestions that New Delhi was losing patience.   Continued...

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