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News Brief | March 2011

Uranium not needed for 2030

The nuclear treaty was needed because uranium deposits in the country will not last beyond 2020, but now we will have many new nuclear reactors, with the cooperation of the French and the Russians. This will increase the nuclear power generation by over 10 times as compared to the present level, said Professor JP Mittal from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai. Mittal said, “After 2030 India will not need any uranium as nuclear fuel because by then it will be able to use thorium as nuclear fuel, research for which is being carried on for the past 25 years. The deal will help the country bridge the gap of uranium, needed for nuclear power generation after 2020.” He added that since India has the biggest thorium deposits in the black sands of Kerala coast, we would become self-reliant in producing nuclear power. About the controversy regarding the Jaitapur power project, Professor Mittal said nuclear power plants are located at least 200 miles away from the coal mines and the potential areas are not just picked up randomly. There is a site selection committee which suggests names of a place after taking into account various factors like flora and fauna, number of people that would be displaced, etc. The same was done for Jaitapur. It is a proposed 9,900 MW power project of Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) at Madban village of Ratnagiri district, where six nuclear reactors would come up with the help of France.
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