France’s EDF, General Electric to co-build reactors for huge India’s Jaitapur nuclear plant

EDF and GE have signed an agreement for constructing six evolutionary power reactors (EPR) at the Jaitapur nuclear plant in the Indian state of Maharashtra.The strategic cooperation agreement will provide a platform for a long-term partnership concerning the construction of the conventional island on each of the six reactors.Under the agreement, GE Power will design the conventional island for the Jaitapur nuclear plant, in addition to supplying its main components.
 
In addition, GE will provide operational support services and training programmes to meet requirements of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), which will own and operate the future nuclear power plant.EDF will be responsible for engineering integration covering the entire project including the nuclear island, conventional island and auxiliary systems, and will provide the required input data. EDF Group nuclear projects senior executive vice-president Xavier Ursat said: “This strategic agreement marks the beginning of a new phase in the implementation of the world’s biggest nuclear project at Jaitapur.
 
“This long-term agreement with GE, underpinned by a synergy of combined skills and the convergence of our long-term strategies in India, is yet another promising brick supporting the future of this project which is essential for the future of India’s energy mix and for EDF.”
 
The two companies will continue with works to freeze the project’s technical options, fine-tune industrial arrangements between them and finalise the design-engineering and procurement schedule.GE Steam Power business president and CEO Andreas Lusch said: “We are delighted to build on our long-standing partnership with EDF by signing this agreement related to Jaitapur.
 
“This represents 60 years of nuclear partnership between our two companies and demonstrates deep expertise in nuclear project development.”