EDF has submitted an offer to Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to provide assistance in the construction of six nuclear reactors in the Indian province of Maharashtra.
The offer commits EDF to providing the Indian nuclear electricity generator with engineering studies and equipment for the construction of the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant. Once complete, the 9.6 GWe Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant would be the largest by capacity in the world, covering the annual consumption of 70 million Indian households while avoiding the emission of 80 million tons of CO2 per year.
The development follows the Indian and French governments signing of the Industrial Way Forward Agreement on 10 March 2018 to enable co-operation between the two countries. Discussions between EDF, other partners and the NPCIL are expected to take place soon, enabling the development and signing of a binding framework agreement.
The offer submitted by EDF includes a detailed technical configuration of the reactors, the associated comprehensive commercial terms and conditions for the supply of engineering studies, and equipment for six nuclear reactors.
EDF will be partnering with Framatome and GE Steam Power to provide the engineering studies and components required. EDF will also provide training services for the operation and maintenance of the nuclear reactors whilst NPCIL will be responsible for the construction and the commissioning of each of the six units. EDF is partnering with the International Institute of Nuclear Energy and Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute to establish a centre of excellence in India for the training of engineers and technicians for the project.