MUMBAI—The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and the Nuclear Energy Institute are leading a senior nuclear industry delegation to India this week to build on recent progress in the commercial implementation of the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement. The delegation includes world-leading suppliers spanning the nuclear supply chain, including reactor design, engineering and construction, reactor components and fuel-storage equipment, fuel and fuel services, and consulting services.
Delegation leaders GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Westinghouse Electric Co. are in active technical and commercial discussions with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and hope to conclude early works agreements supporting future construction of GE Hitachi and Westinghouse reactors in India. Early works agreements will include preliminary licensing and site development work.
The delegation met with central and state government officials and industry leaders to emphasize its commitment to the development of nuclear energy in both India and the United States.
“In our meetings, we discussed ways to resolve remaining barriers to implementation of the Civil Nuclear Agreement and to realize the full potential of bilateral civil nuclear cooperation,” said Nolty Theriot, USIBC’s director for energy policy.
“Exporting U.S. advanced, high-quality nuclear technology as well as America’s unparalleled operational expertise would help ensure the highest possible levels of nuclear power plant safety and reliability around the world,” said Ted Jones, NEI’s director of supplier programs and member of the delegation. “It also increases U.S. influence over nonproliferation policy and practices, maintains U.S. leadership in nuclear energy technology, and creates thousands of American jobs.”
The U.S. nuclear reactors on offer to India represent the world’s safest, most-advanced Generation III+ designs. Rather than relying on active components such as diesel generators and pumps, the Westinghouse AP1000 and GE Hitachi ESBWR use the natural forces of gravity and convection to prevent the reactor core and containment from overheating.
The United States is likewise committed to the development and expansion of its own nuclear energy sector. The U.S. fleet of 104 reactors is by far the world’s largest, and performs at the highest level in the world. Five reactors are under construction and several new reactor designs are in development.