Rubbishes reports of losing projects to China in the wake of current political developments

Undeterred by the fluid political developments in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, state-run NTPC said it was going ahead with its projects in those countries. The clarification came after a section of the media reported the company is losing projects to China. NTPC and the Sri Lankan team recently met in New Delhi to discuss changes to the power purchase agreement (PPA) and the implementation agreement for the 2x250 megawatt (Mw) imported coal-based power project at Sampur in Trincomalee district in Lanka.

Winning back confidence in nuclear power after Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in March difficult, but will require unwavering commitment to safety

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano said on Monday public awareness was important to ensure nuclear power projects do not face opposition. He acknowledged the concerns and opposition to nuclear power capacity addition. “Public acceptance is also an important issue. I know this has been a concern in India, as in other countries, and that there have been demonstrations against the construction of new nuclear power plants,” Amano said in Mumbai at an event organised by the Indian Nuclear Society.

Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) has denied allegation by a Sri Lankan interest group that the Kudankulam plant in Tamil Nadu was leaking radiation, and said the phase 1 of the project would be ready soon and power production would start by April-end.

The Sri Lankan group, the People's Movement Against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, on Saturday alleged that the plant had been leaking radiation since February 27. "There has not been any radiation leakage from the Kudankulam project. Already, the Indian high commission in Sri Lanka as well as the ministry of external affairs have denied the allegation," R S Sundar, Kudankulam project site director, told Business Standard.

With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's announcement on negotiations for a nuclear energy agreement with Britian, companies from that country are expected to initiate talks with Nuclear Power Corporat

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd ( NPCIL) and French conglomerate Areva won’t be able to exchange documents for the final works contract on the supply of two evolutionary pressurised reactors (EPRs) for the Jaitapur nuclear project in the presence of visiting French President François Hollande on Friday.

Negotiations between the two for the initial supply of two EPRs of 1,650 Mw each for the proposed 9,900-Mw project in Maharashtra have been stuck over cost and tariff.

To benefit about 2,300 affected people Nuclear Power Corporation reiterates readiness to spend more on relief, rehabilitation

People who stand to lose their land to the Jaitapur nuclear power project in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district are to get compensation of Rs 22.5 lakh a hectare, instead of the earlier Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh a hectare, the state government has announced, as a “special case”.

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has stepped up efforts to pursue a “develop-educate-regulate” approach to spread awareness among public and for enforcement of regulatory requirements.

An AERB official told Business Standard: “AERB, which is entrusted with the responsibility of developing and enforcing nuclear and radiation safety regulations in the country, has the mandate to keep the public informed on radiation and nuclear safety related matters. Public outreach is an essential element to build long-lasting trust and confidence with media and public.”

The Association of Power Producers (APP) has called for an upgrade of the coal-handling infrastructure in India after a recent study done by it revealed that a lot was needed to be done.

APP has called for the development of coal storage facilities on port premises, coastal-based coal preparation hubs, augmentation of rail routes on which coal is transported as well as the establishment of a specialised logistics agency to facilitate efficient sourcing and transportation of coal to various plants.

Engineers India Ltd has completed a preliminary report for the environmental impact assessment for Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd’s (NPCIL) proposed 6x1,000-megawatt (Mw) project at Mithivirdi, Gujarat.

US nuclear reactor supplier Westinghouse Electric Co has signed a memorandum of understanding with NPCIL, agreeing to negotiate an early works agreement for setting up six AP1000 units at Mithivirdi. The AP1000 is a two-loop pressurised water reactor sold by Westinghouse. “This is a draft EIA report, which will be further scrutinised,” NPCIL Chairman and Managing Director K C Purohit told Business Standard.

The Bombay High Court has rejected a plea by City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), the nodal agency for the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport, to exempt the airport project