India to add 20,000 MW Npower by 2020,a third imported:Minister

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Hyderabad, Nov 14 (UNI) India is negotiating with the US, France and Russia for technology to step up nuclear power generation to 20,000 MW by 2020 from the present 4000 MW, Union Minister of State for Power Jairam Ramesh said today.

One-third of the additional nuclear power would come from imported nuclear reactors, he told newspersons here.

''Talks are on with 'Areva' of France to set up a 1600 MW nuclear plant and General Electric and Westinghouse of the US for two 1000 mw units each. Russia has also offered to provide a reactor similar to the one in Koodankulam to generate 2000 MW,'' he revealed.

A 2000 MW Plutonium-based Fast breader reactor plant using indigenous technology, would also be added, he said.

Talks with 'Areva' were on in the backdrop of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to France recently, where he had signed an agreement with President Nicholas Sarkozy.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Russia before this year-end and is likely to sign a similar agreement.

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