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Thursday, January 31, 2008

"India ready to export nuclear reactors," The Hindu, January 31, 2008.

[Canadians who believe that the US-India nuclear deal pending approval by the IAEA and the Nuclear Suppliers Group will be surprised to learn that the deal may not be the windfall for CANDU reactor sales that they have anticipated. India's homemade reactors are a light-water design. -jlt]

KOODANKULAM: The country is prepared to export commercially viable civilian nuclear reactors to other developing nations across the globe if it is allowed to do so by the Indian government and also by the Nuclear Suppliers Group, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Anil Kakodkar has said.

Speaking to reporters at Koodankulam on Wednesday after witnessing the movement of gigantic caissons (seawater intake pipes made of concrete) into the sea for about 1.20 km at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project site, Dr. Kakodkar said the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), which had mastered the design, fabrication and erection of a range of commercially viable nuclear reactors, could share its expertise with others if it was allowed.

S.K. Jain, Chairman and Managing Director of NPCIL, declared: “We are ready [for exporting nuclear reactors].”

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