TAMIL NADU

NPCIL planning for installed capacity of 20,000 MW by 2020: official

Special Correspondent

VELLORE: The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) is planning for an installed capacity of 20,000 MW by the year 2020 with the present second generation reactors to meet the country's growing power needs, according to S. Krishnamurthy, Station Director, Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS), Kalpakkam.

Making a power-point presentation on the topic, "Nuclear Power an Inevitable Option" at the valedictory of the Anu Week celebrations organised by the Department of Atomic Energy and the VIT University on the VITU campus here on Saturday, Mr. Krishnamurthy said that the total energy generation in India was 1.12 lakh MW, which was short of requirements by eight to 12 per cent.

No single source of energy could fully meet the growing demand. In view of the difficulties in exploitation of the hydropower potential, coal would continue to be the major contributor of fuel for the power plants. But environmental considerations would put constraints in future. And the coal reserves would last for just about 100 years. Mr. Krishnamurthy said that while nuclear power constituted 16 per cent of the total global power generation, it constituted only three per cent of the total power generation in India.

Seven nuclear power plants were currently under construction in the country two each in Rajasthan, Kaigar and Koodangulam and one at Kalpakkam. The safety record of nuclear power in India had been very good, he added. G.V. Sampath, Pro-Chancellor (Administration), VITU, who presided, said that the various inter-school competitions conducted in connection with the Anu Week celebrations had created a lot of awareness among the youth. J. Daniel Chellappa, Head, Technical Coordination and Public Awareness Cell, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam said the DAE conducted Anu Week Celebrations in different districts in Tamil Nadu every year.