India and Japan revive nuclear energy talks

Enformable, November 21

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Prime Minister Noda that he hoped Japan would soon share its nuclear technology and expertise with India.

“PM Noda replied by saying that Japan wished to advance consultations in a constructive and cooperative manner,” Japan’s foreign ministry spokesman Masaru Sato told TOI. He added though that it wasn’t possible to give any date for resumption of negotiations.

During the wider India-Japan Energy Dialogue on October 9th in Tokyo, officials from India shared their plan for expanding nuclear energy generation in the coming years. In response, Japan assured India that they remain interested in nuclear cooperation, but sought some clarifications bout India’s nuclear liability law that prevents suppliers from making themselves immune to compensation claims in the event of an accident.

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    India Pursues Massive Nuclear Expansion

    Spiegel, By Wieland Wagner, November 23

    The 2011 disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant led many countries to turn away from nuclear power. But a growing population and rising economy has prompted India to massively expand its nuclear program — even in the face of technological worries and fervent opposition.

    […]

    The new Kudankulam power plant is intended as only one stage in India’s program. Between now and 2032, the government plans to expand the country’s nuclear capacity from 4,400 to roughly 63,000 megawatts.

    By 2050, India even expects to satisfy a quarter of its electricity demands with nuclear energy. Today, about 20 reactors generate roughly 4 percent of India’s electricity, but the country plans to double its nuclear energy capacity in the next five years alone. In doing so, the Indians will rely on particularly controversial reactor types. To make matters worse, many doubt that India — with its bizarre infrastructure and often chaotic organization — can keep the technology under control.

    Still, the nation of 1.2 billion urgently needs energy, as became glaringly evident last summer when large sections of the country went without power for days and more than 600 million people suffered in the heat without electricity. Blackouts are a common occurrence, and the lights go out, air-conditioners stop running and elevators get stuck every day even in the capital city of New Delhi.

    More at the link

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