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Steady increase in nuclear power generation: Govt

The Koodankulam nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu.  20Pubsep2011

Nuclear power generation has witnessed a steady increase over the past three years, with a marginal rise in production cost, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

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In 2012-13, the Nuclear power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) generated 32,863 million units of power, followed by 35,333 in 2013-14 and 37,835 in 2014-15, said Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which looks after the Department of Atomic Energy.

The generation cost too has increased marginally. In 2012-13, per unit cost was Rs 2.69, followed by Rs 2.71 in 2013-14 and Rs 2.78 in 2014-15, Singh said in a written reply. In 2016-17, an estimated 41,500 million units of power would be generated.

This includes power from India’s first Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), which is expected to start in September this year, and unit 2 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. PTI

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