Srikumar Banerjee, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Kaiga-5 and Kaiga-6 would come up at Kaiga in the next couple of years and the site would be decided by a selection committee of NPCIL. The capacity of the each new unit would be 700 MWe. Two other 700 MWe reactors at Kakrapar in Gujarat and Rawatbhata in Rajasthan are under construction.
The installed nuclear power capacity in the country will increase to 7,280 MW in 2012 and to 10,080 MW by 2017.
“Our target is to reach 20,000 MW by 2020 in the medium term and 63,000 MW by 2032 in the long term, with 700 MW from pressurised heavy water reactors and 1,000 MW from light water reactors,” the statement added.
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