The construction of six EPR reactors at the Jatapur base is a controversial project that has been delayed for nearly a decade.
The French electric giant announced on Friday, April 23 that it had reached a turning point in the construction of the world’s largest nuclear power plant in India.EDF handed over to Indian Public Nuclear Group “A fascinating French technical and commercial offer involving the construction of six [réacteurs] EPR of the Jaitapur website”The French group said in a statement. The nuclear power plant has a total capacity of nearly 10 gigawatts (GW) and is expected to power 70 million households.
This has not yet reached an agreement, but it is a crucial step. By committing in this way, French public bodies provided the necessary basis for reaching an agreement within a few months only during the election campaign. This will make it possible to initiate the construction of a controversial site, which has been mentioned for more than a decade and is closely monitored by the French and Indian authorities.
The original agreement was signed with the then nuclear giant Areva under the leadership of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and EDF has inherited some of its activities. However, like other major nuclear projects, the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan prevented this disaster. The two countries restarted the transaction in 2018, but despite the support of the Narendra Modi government, the transaction was supposed to start soon, but the transaction was postponed again.
The project has been the subject of local opposition for many years, including until recently, the ruling party in Maharashtra, where Jaitapur is located. Critics are concerned about the risks of earthquakes and the consequences of disposing of nuclear waste on local fisheries.
For its part, EDF emphasizes social benefits and estimates that the construction of the site will provide employment opportunities for thousands of people on the spot. “The project will also bring considerable economic benefits to the French nuclear industry during the entire project period (approximately fifteen years) and create tens of thousands of jobs in one hundred companies.”, Added a group.