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    India unlikely to buy GE Hitachi Nuclear Reactors that have not been tried and tested previously in already operational nuclear power plants.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — According to Secretary in India's Department of Atomic Energy, Sekhar Basu, "Right now US have offered us reactors that do not have a reference plant. So we will not buy a reactor that does not have a reference plant."

    As per the Indo-US nuclear commerce deal GE Hitachi has signed an agreement for supplying reactors for an atomic power plant at Kovvada in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

    But India is wary of GE nuclear reactors as they have not been tested before.

    India has also signed agreements with Westinghouse Electric Co, Electricite de France SA and Russia's JSC Atomstroyexport for the purchase of nuclear reactors.

    During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to US later this month India's Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited and Toshiba owned US firm Westinghouse had signed deal for setting up six nuclear reactors in India.

    India-Russia nuclear cooperation could be a safer option. Russian nuclear reactors are tried and tested and safe, and India wants the same reliability from the nuclear reactors offered by GE and Westinghouse.

    India has grand plans to expand its nuclear power generation capacity by 10 fold by 2032.


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