Category — Nuclear Energy

Europe’s Nuclear Research Center Adds India as Member

India will become an associate member of particle physics research organization CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research headquartered in Geneva, subject to final approval by the Indian government. An agreement by CERN’s director general Fabiola Gianotti and the chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission, Sekhar Basu was signed on November 21, 2016 reports World Nuclear News.

India becomes CERN Associate Member

Physicists from India’s Tata Institute of Fundamental Research actively participated in experiments at CERN since the 1960s. They were later joined by scientists from the Raja Ramanna Center for Advanced Technology, Indore, in the 1990s. These and other institutes built components for the LEP accelerator and the L3, WA93 and WA89 detectors. Their scientists participated in important physics analyses and publications throughout the years.

In 1996, India’s Atomic Energy Commission took part in the construction of the Large Hadron Collider and participated in many experiments and initiatives, including establishing LHC Computing Grid centers in Mumbai and Kolkata, after which India was granted Observer status to the CERN Council in 2002.

The Associate Membership will allow India to take part in meetings of the CERN Council and its committees (Finance Committee and Scientific Policy Committee). It will also make Indian scientists eligible for staff appointments.

Once the Agreement enters into force, Indian industry will be entitled to bid for CERN contracts, which will open up opportunities for industrial collaboration in areas of advanced technology.

 

 

December 18, 2016   No Comments

India and Japan Sign Civil Nuclear Energy Pact

On Friday, November 11, Prime Ministers Modi and Shinzo Abe signed an agreement whereby Japanese nuclear companies will be allowed to sell their technology to India.

The deal, though limited to peaceful commercial use, is controversial because India has not ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It has raised concerns in Japan that India might use the technology to boost its nuclear weapons program. However, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had told Prime Minister Modi at a meeting in New Delhi way back in December 2015, “We will discontinue cooperation should India conduct a nuclear test,” newspaper Asahi Shimbun had reported. Abe reaffirmed this statement.

Prime Ministers Abe and Modi

Bloomberg reports that India’s nuclear power market is estimated at $150 billion and the country aims to boost energy generated from atomic plants to a quarter of its the total by 2050 from about 3.5 percent now, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Energy-hungry India wants to increase nuclear power generation to support its strong economic growth. The country has signed similar nuclear agreements with France, Russia, Britain and the United States. Modi said this pact is “a historic step in our engagement to build a clean energy partnership” that will help India “combat the challenge of climate change,” reports LA Times.

The New York Times says that this deal is timely for Japan’s nuclear power industry: With the domestic market moribund, Japanese companies had been pursuing deals abroad, but success was elusive. With 20 new reactors over the next decade or so, and as many as 55 more having been proposed, India does look a rare opportunity for trade, the publication said.

In addition to the nuclear agreement signed on Friday, Abe and Modi will explore plans to build new high-speed rail lines in India based on Japan’s Shinkansen bullet-train technology.

 

 

November 11, 2016   No Comments

India And Japan Review Final Steps of Nuclear Energy Agreement

India and Japan hope to sign a nuclear energy agreement when Prime Minister Modi visits Japan this week. The agreement, the first by Japan with a country that has not ratified the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, will enable Japan to export its nuclear energy technology for private-sector use in India, reports Defense World.

Prime Ministers Abe and Modi

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had told Prime Minister Modi at a meeting in New Delhi in December 2015, “We will discontinue cooperation should India conduct a nuclear test,” newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported. Japan has long pushed for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Bloomberg reports that India’s nuclear power market is estimated at $150 billion and the country aims to boost energy generated from atomic plants to a quarter of its the total by 2050 from about 3.5 percent now, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Westinghouse Electric, a Pennsylvania-based company owned by Toshiba, is building six reactors in India; however, this project isn’t contingent on the bilateral treaty between Japan and India, a Toshiba spokesperson said.

 

November 7, 2016   No Comments

India Seeks $9 Billion Loan For Westinghouse Reactor

India is reportedly negotiating with the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank for a loan of up to $9 billion in order to help finance a six-unit nuclear unit that involves Westinghouse Electric‘s AP1000 technology, reports Nuclear Street. However, with the presidential elections ahead, the current situation at the bank is not very favorable: the bank is not allowed to make loans over $10 million with fewer than three directors at the helm, and currently, there are only two directors in place.

Kakrapar Nuclear Energy Plant

According to Times of India, Vijay Sazawal, director of the International Atomic Energy Consulting in Washington, said, “the goal right now is to get that financing done during President Obama’s tenure, knowing full well that it may or may not stick in a new administration following the … presidential election.”

September 27, 2016   No Comments

India’s Nuclear Power Corporation Appoints New CEO

Distinguished scientist S. K. Sharma has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for a five year term. On assuming charge, Sharma said that safety in all aspects of the nuclear power plants in India will continue to be his highest priority.

S.K. Sharma

Sharma held several high level positions in Indian nuclear power stations, including that of site director at Rawatbhata in the north-western state of Rajasthan, before assuming the position of Director (Operations) in 2015, according to a statement issued by NPCIL. At the World Association of Nuclear OperatorsTokyo Center, Sharma worked with an international team of nuclear experts for improving the safety and reliability of nuclear power stations across the world,  reports Economic Times.

June 20, 2016   No Comments