India Nuclear Energy Summit 2016
French ambassador visited the Indian Nuclear Energy Summit and Expo in Mumbai.
Mumbai, 20 October 2016
H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, visited the Indian Nuclear Energy Summit and Expo in Mumbai and addressed the delegates during its inaugural session on October 20th. He recalled France’s long-standing collaboration with India in the sector of nuclear energy, which is a cornerstone of the strategic partnership between both countries. During the State Visit of President François Hollande to India in January 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Hollande reiterated their commitment to carrying out the construction of 6 EPRs at Jaitapur. This ambitious project, which will reach a total capacity of nearly 10 GW, will strongly contribute to India’s target of sourcing 40 % of its electricity from non-fossil fuels by 2030.
The French Pavilion at the India Nuclear Energy exhibition is hosting 14 companies and the professional federation GIIN.
French companies are already involved in industrial cooperation in India, including fuel and other supplies for Indian reactors, and are eager to expand their partnership and support India’s ambitious programme for civilian nuclear energy development.
The French industry covers the complete range of front-end and back-end of the fuel cycle, including waste management and decommissioning projects. Its expertise is the fruit of the constant commitment of French industrial groups (EDF, AREVA, Alstom) and more than 2000 SMEs with an experience of over 60 years in the nuclear sector.
The nuclear partnership between France and India is also embodied through exemplary scientific cooperation. Various projects are underway in the field of R&D on fast breeder reactors, personnel training, waste management and safety. France and India are also working together under the fusion energy development ITER project.
Address by H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, at the India Nuclear Energy Summit 2016
Hon’ble Minister of State, Dr Jitendra Singh (Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions),
Dear Mr. S. K. Sharma, Chairman of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited
Cher Mr. Vakisasai RAMANY, Senior Vice President EDF
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure for me to be among you today and address the delegates of the India Nuclear Energy Summit 2016. I would like to greet all the eminent personalities, Indian and French, who are present here for the Summit, and warmly commend their efforts towards making it a success.
More than fifty years ago, India adopted a long-term policy to develop a civilian nuclear programme designed to secure access to safe, reliable, competitive and sustainable energy. Today, India is justly proud of the results it has achieved, thanks to the tireless efforts of successive governments that have led the country.
France strongly supports the sustainable development of civil nuclear energy in India.
The ties between France and India in the nuclear field are very strong. As many of you may know, our collaboration dates back to the 1950s. Our current bilateral cooperation, which is being pursued under the framework of the 2008 Agreement, ranges from basic research to industrial activities.
This collaboration is supported at the highest level of our governments. It may be recalled that, during the State Visit of the President of the French Republic to India in January 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President François Hollande reiterated that nuclear energy is one of the cornerstones of the Indo-French strategic partnership, and expressed their commitment to carrying out the Jaitapur project.
This ambitious project of constructing 6 EPR at Jaitapur, which will reach a total capacity of nearly 10 GW, will strongly contribute to India’s goal to generate 63 GW of nuclear electricity by 2030. It will be a major contribution to India’s target of sourcing 40 % of its electricity from non-fossil fuels by 2030, announced ahead of the Paris Climate Summit.
The Jaitapur project also illustrates our support to Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s initiative of “Make in India”, as it implies: indigenous production through localization, transfer of technology, joint research and development programmes, and education and training.
The French public utility EDF is now leading the French side of the negotiations on the Jaitapur project, with the support of AREVA NP and GE Alstom. Mr Vakis Ramany will give in a moment a more comprehensive presentation of the project. I wish to reiterate today France’s commitment to carrying out this project with India.
Besides, many French companies are already involved in industrial cooperation in India, including fuel and other supplies for Indian reactors. They are very committed to expanding this partnership, allowing the French nuclear industry to play a key role in the ambitious Indian civilian nuclear energy development programme.
France possesses 58 reactors and 10 research reactors in operation; French companies have built more than 130 reactors in 12 countries and supplied about 350 nuclear reactors worldwide.
The French industry covers the complete range of front-end and back-end of the fuel cycle, including waste management and decommissioning projects. Its expertise in the nuclear sector is the fruit of the constant commitment and investment of French industrial groups (EDF, AREVA, Alstom) as well as more than 2000 SMEs over the past 60 years in the nuclear field.
French nuclear partnership with India is also embodied through exemplary scientific and institutional cooperation.
Various projects are currently underway in the field of R&D on fast breeder reactors, personnel training, waste management, and safety. Further, both India and France accord importance to fusion energy development and, as such, are working together under the ITER project.
Today, the Indian Nuclear Energy Summit offers us a special occasion to exchange views on a number of important issues, and facilitate meetings between Indian and French companies and organizations. I am delighted that the INE Exhibition is hosting EDF and sixteen other French companies from the nuclear industry. I know that they have expressed great interest in working with India.
The French Pavilion on INE 2016 has been set up by Business France in partnership with France’s two nuclear professional federations, AIFEN & GIIN. It is, thus, a window to the entire French nuclear industry. I am sure that it will help you establishing fruitful contacts in the coming days.
We are, today, celebrating a partnership with a huge prospect for growth. I am therefore delighted to launch this meeting, for the best of our present and future nuclear cooperation.
I wish the organizers and the participants fruitful discussions and all success.
Thank you for your attention and thank you very much for your welcome.