Coal boom: India slashes plans for new nuclear reactors by two thirds

Posted: April 16, 2018 by oldbrew in Emissions, Energy, government, News, Nuclear power, pollution
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Credit: Coal India Limited


A big vote of no confidence in the Paris climate agreement, by the world’s second most populous country. Political reality comes first: coal is much cheaper than nuclear.

India has decided to cut its planned nuclear power plant construction by two-thirds, says The GWPF. This will further expand the country’s use of coal for electrical power generation.

The Financial Express, one of India’s major newspapers, reports that the Narendra Modi government, which had set an ambitious 63,000 MW nuclear power capacity addition target by the year 2031-32, has cut it to 22,480 MW, or by roughly two-thirds.

The decision has enormous implications for expanding use of coal for electrical power generation and for release of CO2, other greenhouse gases, and for adding to India’s dire air pollution problems in its major cities.

The drastic reduction in planned construction of new reactors will diminish India’s plans to rely on nuclear energy from 25% of electrical generation to about 8-10%. The balance of new power requirements will likely be met by use of India’s enormous coal deposits.

It appears that India’s long list of nuclear reactors, which at one time it aspired to build, is now in the dustbin. Instead, a much shorter list of 19 units composed of indigenous 700 MW PHWRs and Russian VVERs will be completed for an additional 17 GWE.

Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for India’s Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) said. “With the completion of the under construction and sanctioned projects, the total nuclear power installed capacity in the country will reach 22,480 MW… by the year 2031.”

He added: “progressive completion of the projects under construction, the installed nuclear power capacity will reach 13,480 MW by the year 2024”, which will be a little less than 14,340 MW target.

The list of 57 cancelled reactors also includes 700 MW PHWRs and Russian VVERs. […]

Greater reliance on coal is expected

The country accounts for eight percent of world’s total coal consumption. About two-thirds of India’s electricity generation comes from coal.

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Comments
  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    HURRAH! the more Carbon Dioxide produced from buried rocks the better. At least someone realizes that this is the best defense against Famine during the coming Ice Age. 😎 …pg

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    I suspect P.G. is right. The Indian population is full of Very Bright Folks. They will know 2 very important things.

    1) More FOOD is critical to their people.
    2) More CO2 is yielding more food.

    It will not be a leap for them to put those two together.

  3. J Martin says:

    Perhaps they can put some of the money saved into Thorium research as some countries, like the UK for instance, who’s brain dead politicians now say they want to go to a zero carbon economy, will become in dire need of a source of nuclear power plants once they realise that wind and solar won’t get them there.

    Actually I don’t think that the loonies in the house of commons have enough brain cells to ever realise that wind and solar don’t work. They’ll simply conclude that we need more wind and solar. They will have to cover the entire country with both and all our coastlines, and then when it still doesn’t work and we have to import all our food they’ll blame it on the Russians.

    I think that the rats in the sewers underneath the house of commons have more common sense and intelligence than the members of parliament.

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    India and China both building huge numbers of coal fired power plants and yet I hear nothing from the media jerks or the UN about this ‘death sentence for Mother Gaia’. Except that the US and Europe should go back to living in caves.

  5. Gamecock says:

    “Perhaps they can put some of the money saved into Thorium research as some countries, like the UK for instance, who’s brain dead politicians now say they want to go to a zero carbon economy, will become in dire need of a source of nuclear power plants once they realise that wind and solar won’t get them there.”

    The Thorium Dream has been dead for nearly 50 years, for good reason. Making your post a non sequitur.

  6. stpaulchuck says:

    “to ever realise that wind and solar don’t work”

    well actually they really don’t care. Follow the money. This is all about ‘subsidy farms’ and massive tax payouts to companies to build these useless things. Of course then chunks of it come back to the pols in the form of campaign contributions.

  7. Adam Gallon says:

    The Watermelons will doubtless say, that they’re switching to renewables, rather than doing more coal!

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