Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a visit to the US last month, Toshiba Corp's Westinghouse Electric announced that it will be relocating a proposed project to build six nuclear reactors from Mithi Vardi in Gujarat to Andhra Pradesh.
Apart from the Japanese-owned US company, Russia's state nuclear power company Rosatom will also build its next nuclear power plant in Andhra Pradesh after completing the Kudankulam plant in Tamil Nadu. Andhra Pradesh government sources told Sputnik that Rosatom is likely to build six power plants in the state.
The power plant will probably be in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, sources told Sputnik.
Another Russian nuclear power project to build six VVER reactors in Haripur, West Bengal is likely to be moved to Andhra Pradesh due to protests by local residents.
"1,200 MW VVER Nuclear Reactors will be constructed there (Andhra Pradesh) with the safest, most up-to-date technology. Currently the location of one more site for the construction of six new Russian-designed nuclear reactors is being considered by India. We hope to get more information about the new site soon," sources in Rosatom told Sputnik.
Apart from Westinghouse, another US-Japanese company, GE-Hitachi, was aslo allocated a site in Andhra Pradesh to build six Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactors. However, the project has been put on hold as India is wary of GE- Hitachi nuclear reactors as they have not been tested before.
Therefore, if everything goes according to plan, Andhra Pradesh will be home to more than a dozen nuclear reactors.