The Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project
The EPR™ reactor, the first of a new generation in India.
AREVA has achieved a major milestone for the EPR™ construction projects in India by signing in February 2009 a Memorandum of Understanding with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL). NPCIL entrusted AREVA to deliver up to 6 EPR™ reactors in Jaitapur, and to ensure the fuel supply for 25 years.
Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project is a proposed 9,900 MW power project composed of 6 EPR™ reactors to Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) at Madban village of Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra. Also known as JNPP, the project is located on the Arabian Sea coast in Ratnagiri district in the southwestern part of Maharashtra, India. It has an average elevation of 90 feet (27 m). This project will spread over 968 hectares (3.74 sq mi; 9.68 km2) of land.
Technical and commercial terms of definitive contract are under discussion between AREVA and NPCIL.
Technical Information about the EPR™ Jaitapur reactor
Steam pressure (secondary)
Operation cycle length
Up to 24 months
Collective radiation dose to employees
Less than 0.5 man-sieverts/year
Design target availability
Design service life
Number of loops
Instrumentation & Control
Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) is a Public Sector Enterprise under the administrative control of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. The Company was created in 1987 with the objective of operating atomic power stations and implementing the atomic power projects for generation of electricity in pursuance of the schemes and programmes of the Government of India under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962.
NPCIL is responsible for design, construction, commissioning and operation of nuclear power reactors in India. NPCIL is a MoU signing, profit making and dividend paying company with the highest level of credit rating (AAA rating by CRISIL and CARE). NPCIL is presently operating 20 nuclear power reactors.
Beyond the construction of nuclear power plants, the collaboration between AREVA and its Indian counter-parts will also spread over the whole nuclear value chain. In many different ways, building on the EPR project in a phased manner offers the scope to develop the Indian Industry and fuel cycle capability. The timely development of the nuclear supply chain in India is best assured through the EPR project
September 2008: India and France signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the peaceful applications of nuclear energy that paved the way for the collaboration between AREVA and NPCIL.
February 2009: AREVA and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) conclude a Memorandum Of Understanding concerning the supply up to 6 EPR™ reactors for the Jaitapur site in the Indian state of Maharashtra and guaranteed fuel supply for 25 years.
December 2010: AREVA and NPCIL signed major framework agreements for the construction of the two first EPR™ reactors at Jaitapur.
January 2012: the Complementary Safety Assessment issued by the French nuclear safety authorities ASN was presented to NPCIL. It highlighted the very high safety standards applied as soon as the design stage, and consequently the fulfilment of all requirements imposed by ASN in order to prevent a Fukushima-like accident.
The Jaitapur EPR™ site will bring a significant range of benefits:
- AREVA and NPCIL have agreed on a significant level of localization which will bring benefits to Indian industry as well as to the local Jaitapur population.
- The project is expected to generate direct jobs for more than 6,000 people on the construction site. Operating both the plants will require some 800 permanent employees, and more during outage periods. In addition, the economic activity created will certainly generate twice as many indirect jobs in the region.
- All citizens in the Jaitapur region will benefit directly or indirectly infrastructure modernizations, such as construction of new roads, power lines, telecommunication networks, improvement of water supply, and more.
- The average natural elevation of the Jaitapur site is at 25 meters above the Mean Sea Level (MSL). This natural elevation means the EPR™ plant can easily be set safely at a level above the highest anticipated sea level which might result from any combination of tides, winds, tsunamis, and/or the effects of climate change.
- The EPR™ reactor at Jaitapur will be connected to India's extra high voltage electricity transmission grid. This means fewer technical losses on the network as a whole and a greater overall efficiency of the Indian electricity system.
- The Jaitapur EPR™ plant will have its own desalination plant that will convert sea water into de-mineralized water for the reactor operations, as well as into fresh potable water for the other needs on site and within surrounding dwellings.