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The EPR™ reactor, the first Generation III+ reactor under construction in Finland, France and China, offers increased levels of safety and competitiveness.
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Founded in November 2008, the AREVA India Private Limited subsidiary is developing the group's nuclear operations within the country.
AREVA employs about 40 people in its bioenergy center in Chennaï (before Madras).
About 68% of India’s power comes from coal, 15% from hydroelectric power, 8% from gas and less than 3% from nuclear sources. Demand for electricity continues to grow and is expected to triple by 2020.
India must ensure a plentiful supply of low-cost electricity while taking into account 2 key points: the security of supply and risks related to climate change. One feature of electricity supply in India is the significant imbalance between supply and demand: only 40% of households have access to electricity, and the quality of service to those with access is often poor (e.g., fluctuations in voltage and frequency, frequent power outages).
India’s eleventh five-year plan (2007-2012) foresees a 5 time increase in production capacities before 2032, which means a progression from 153 to 778 GW of installed capacity.
In the area of renewable energies, India has significant development prospects in bioenergy, solar power and the hydrogen fuel cell. Installed capacity was just 1.4 GW in 2007, but the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy estimates a potential capacity of 20 GW.
In December 2008 AREVA signed a contract to supply 300 tons of natural uranium. It was the first contract for the supply of foreign-origin uranium since the reopening of nuclear trade between India and the rest of the world.
In February 2009, AREVA and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) met in Delhi to conclude a memorandum of understanding concerning the supply of 2-6 EPR™ reactors for the Jaitapur site in the Indian sate of Maharashtra. A technical and commercial proposal was submitted in July 2009.
As part of this offer, AREVA has begun setting up partnerships with local companies.
The Propulsion and research reactors Business Unit has commercial representation through its subsidiary, 01dB. The subsidiary actively seeks out customers for its acoustic and vibration solutions in India.
Canberra is also present on the Indian market.
The group signed a supply agreement to manufacture spent fuel storage systems.
AREVA has been active in India’s renewable energy industry, supplying turnkey biomass and biogas power plants in particular.
Projects include :
AREVA has been selected in April 2012 by the Indian group Reliance Power Limited to build two concentrated solar power installation in the Rajasthan state. These CSP plants will each produce 125 MW. The first phase of the project is under construction, with a target commercial operation date of May 2013.