L&T, BHEL Tapped to Roll out India’s Indigenous Nuclear Power Program

kudankulam-nuclear-power-plantLarsen & Toubro and BHEL are among those tapped by the Nuclear Power Corporation for the rollout of the first large-scale nuclear power plants developed using Indian technology. While L&T said it received a Rs 442 cr order to supply forgings for steam generators for six plants, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited reported Rs 736 cr order to supply steam generators for one plant.

It is not clear whether the contracts for the steam generators for the other five plants have been awarded to other players or whether they are yet to be awarded, as per the news reports.

The award of the contracts indicates that the Nuclear Power Corporation of India has got cracking on implementing its landmark 7.7 GW nuclear expansion. The six reactors for which L&T will be supplying forgings for are part of the ten Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor plants announced by the government in December.

In December, the government said it would set up 10 nuclear power plants with a combined capacity of 7.7 GW, equal to the current total installed nuclear power capacity in India, built up over several decades with the help of foreign countries.

Besides the scale, what sets these nuclear power plants apart is the use of Indian know-how. India has so far relied on the know-how provided by countries such as Russia, Japan, France and the US to set up its nuclear power plants.

“This will raise the profile of India’s scientists and technology in the world,” power minister Piyush Goyal had said in December. “It will also show the world that we are taking steps to address global warming.”

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