India and France pledged Saturday to work together to ensure freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean and signed an agreement to expedite construction of a major nuclear power plant in India by a French company. After talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also highlighted the solar alliance and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of defense, security, technology, space and counterterrorism. The nuclear agreement is considered significant, with critics saying that Jaitpur, the site of the six-unit plant, which is to generate 9,900 megawatts of power in western India, is in a seismic zone. The opposition has grown since Japan’s nuclear accident in 2011, with several villagers refusing to hand over their land to the Indian government for the project by the French nuclear energy company Areva.
Voice Of America 10th March 2018 read more »
The leaders of France and India reiterated their intention to start work by the end of this year on what could become the world’s largest nuclear power plant, advancing talks that have continued for nearly a decade. French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Electricite de France SA and India’s monopoly atomic energy producer, Nuclear Power Corp., to accelerate discussions on a contract and start work at the site in Jaitapur, in Maharashtra state, by December.
Bloomberg 10th March 2018 read more »
[Machine Translation] France said Saturday its hope to conclude “before the end of the year” the sale of six EPR-type nuclear reactors in India, a file in negotiations for almost a decade. EDF and its Indian counterpart Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) signed Saturday in New Delhi, on the first day of President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India, an agreement on the industrial scheme for the Jaitapur power plant project
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