After months of discussion, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has finally been cleared to begin its proposed 6,000 megawatt (MW) Mithivirdi nuclear power plant in the Indian state of Gujarat, according to The Times of India.
An environmental impact assessment was necessary prior to the approval, and the state government still recommends completion of a final report from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests before construction commences, the source reported.
NPCIL has been negotiating a commercial agreement with U.S.-based Westinghouse Electric (Nasdaq:WEST) in the hopes of having the latter supply its reactor technology for the nuclear project. In late June, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry proposed an agreement deadline of September 2013 after a preliminary contract was agreed upon in June 2012.
The Mithivirdi project is expected to be completed in three phases, with each phase comprising the construction of two 1,150 MW units. NPCIL expects to complete construction between 2019 and 2024.
In addition to the Mithivirdi nuclear power plant, the Gujarat government recently gave clearance for an effluent disposal pipeline project along the Kolak River on the western side of the state.
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