India a land of opportunity for nuclear suppliers, says US trade rep

Bucking concerns over anti-nuclear protest movements in the country, a U.S. trade representative called India “a land of opportunity for global nuclear suppliers,” UPI reports.

Speaking to the news agency Press Trust of India, Vijay Sazawal, a member of the U.S. Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee under the U.S. Department of Commerce, called India “possibly the only nuclear market where vendors will not be asked to compete against each other to provide the lowest bid.” India currently has the third highest number of nuclear reactors under construction in the world, with seven expected to come online in 2016. According to UPI the government of India hopes to bring the country’s total nuclear capacity to 35 GW by 2020.

Sazawal highlighted some remaining barriers to trading in India’s nuclear sector, namely the Indian legal framework under which foreign suppliers are held liable for accidents at plants found to be using their technology, UPI reports.

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