NPCIL Mithivirdi nuke project in Gujarat gets clearance
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) has been finally cleared to begin its proposed 6,900 MW Mithivirdi nuclear power plant in Gujarat. An environmental impact assessment was necessary prior to the approval and the State government still recommends completion of a final report from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests before construction commences. NPCIL has been negotiating a commercial agreement with US-based Westinghouse Electric in the hopes of having the latter supply its reactor technology for the nuclear project. The Mithivirdi project is expected to be completed in three phases, with each phase comprising the construction of two 1,150 MW units. NPCIL expects to complete construction between 2019 and 2024.