Work on Jaitapur project to commence by 2018: French Foreign Secretary

French Foreign Secretary Christian Masset has said the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power project was important for his country and its work would start by the next year.

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, he said, “the project is very important for France. The work on the project will start by 2018 and the first reactor will get operational by 2025. All the six reactors can start generating power by 2027 and a total of 10,000 MW would be generated from the project.”

He further said that special security measures have been included in the project after studying nuclear disasters world over.

The Jaitapur project is located Ratnagiri district in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. French company Areva will be setting up the nuclear reactors there. But the project has been stuck for long due to differences over the cost of electricity to be generated. Also, it has attracted stiff opposition on safety and environmental grounds.

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