Civil Nuclear Energy
France is the first country with which India signed a cooperation agreement on nuclear energy (in 2008). This cooperation dates back to 1951 when the first agreement between the Indian and French Atomic Energy Commissions was signed. France fully supports India’s plans to expand its nuclear fleet – raising it from the present 4.8 GWe capacity to 63 GWe by 2032. France also supports India’s accession to full membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a logical consequence of the 2008 NSG exemption.
Discussions between the Indian and French industries are underway for setting up to six EPR reactors in Jaitapur, Maharashtra. This project will provide India with a total capacity of 10 GWe, covering as much as one-sixth of the 2032 target.
17. Recalling the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 4 February 2009 between NPCIL and AREVA, the two leaders encouraged their commercial enterprises for an early conclusion of techno-commercial discussions on the proposal for construction of six 1650 Mwe nuclear power plants at Jaitapur, with due consideration to project viability and in the framework of an ambitious partnership for large and critical components. They also welcome the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between AREVA and L&T, which will widen the scope of our industrial cooperation as well as the conclusion of Pre-engineering studies agreement. The two leaders also urged their atomic energy establishments to lay an ambitious foundation for the future of India-France civil nuclear cooperation, including a wide range of subjects, including in the area of civil nuclear liability.
MoU between AREVA and Larsen & Toubro to cooperate on the manufacture of EPR reactor components in India // signed on 10 April at the Elysée Palace
Pre-engineering agreement between AREVA and NPCIL to initiate pre-engineering services for the certification of EPR reactors in India // signed on 10 April at the Elysée Palace
- Civil nuclear cooperation is one of the essential facets of the Indo-French strategic partnership. The MoU between AREVA and L&T will boost industrial collaboration on nuclear energy with technology sharing and manufacturing in India. The signing of the MoU between AREVA and NPCIL is an important step of the project of building EPR reactors in Jaitapur, Maharashtra.