To be carried out in collaboration with France, the project includes setting up of two evolutional pressurised reactor (EPR) rectors, each with a capacity of 1650MW.

A pre-engineering agreement (PEA) has been signed by Areva with Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) for the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power project.

Under the PEA, Areva will be responsible for assessment of licenseability of the EPR project as per Indian laws, codes, guides, regulations, manuals, practices and general acceptability, as well as an informed understanding of the EPR technology itself.

Areva will gather details of the EPR technology, make a detailed safety assessment of the plant and take up the licensing process with Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), as soon as the implementation process starts for project.

Additionally, the PEA will contribute to explore the most efficient and cost-effective pathways for project implementation as well as maximize the scope of localization of different components of the power plant.

Areva also signed a memorandum of understanding with Larsen & Toubro (L&T), India’s engineering and construction conglomerate, for cooperation to maximize localization for the EPR nuclear reactors in India.

Through transfer of technology, the collaboration will facilitate manufacturing of many critical components for the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project, in India.

The MOU supports the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative while improving the competitiveness of the Jaitapur project.