NEW DELHI Aug 18 India's Nuclear Power Corp
has tentatively picked four suppliers, including U.S.-based
Westinghouse Electric and France's Areva CEPFi.PA, for
planned new projects, the Hindu Business Line reported on
Citing unidentified government sources, the newspaper said
General Electric (GE.N)-Hitachi (6501.T) and Russia's atomic
energy agency Rosatom had also been qualified by India's
monopoly nuclear power generator for placement of orders.
The United States on Thursday proposed to waive
restrictions on critical nuclear trade with India in a draft
circulated among member nations of the Nuclear Suppliers Group
The draft would lift a 34-year embargo on nuclear trade
with India and would be discussed by the 45-nation NSG next
week in Vienna. [ID:nLE164553]
If trade with global players open up, India hopes to double
its target to 40,000 megawatts of nuclear capacity by 2020, the
India has 17 nuclear power plants with a capacity of 4,120
megawatts, while six units of 3,160 MW are under construction.
State-owned Nuclear Power Corp has identified four coastal
sites to build nuclear park or reactor clusters housing up to
eight reactors of 1,000 megawatts each, the newspaper said.
(Reporting by Nidhi Verma; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan)