Delta Controls has supplied the Indian Nuclear industry with instrumentation for Process Control for many years, in particular with specialist instruments on a number of the operating plants including the BWR at Tarapur, India’s iconic atomic power plant first commissioned in 1969. Generating approximately 1400MW of electricity, Tarapur currently has the largest output among India’s nuclear sites and is considered the “lifeline” of the town, Maharashtra1.
With 20 nuclear reactors currently in operation in six nuclear power plants, India can generate a gross 4780MW of electricity2, an amount which comprises less than 3% of its total electricity output3. This makes Nuclear power the fourth largest source of electricity in India following thermal, hydroelectric and other renewable sources4. But with seven additional reactors under construction and the aim of supplying 25% of its electricity from nuclear power by 20505, the Indian Nuclear Industry represents a rapidly growing market.
At the end of November, Delta Controls took part in the UKTI Nuclear Energy Trade Mission to India as part of a delegation promoting UK expertise in the Nuclear Industry. Having commissioned the world’s first Nuclear power station in 1956 at Calder Hall, Cumbria, the UK are pioneers of nuclear technology relating to safety systems and environmental adaptability.
The Trade Mission was timed to coincide with the India Nuclear Exhibition and Conference held in Mumbai between 28th and 30th November, an event designed to address the challenges and development surrounding the civil nuclear energy sector. Our very own Dr. Chris Webborn (above: third from the right) presented a paper at the conference on Instrumentation for Nuclear Power, highlighting the critical role played by instrumentation in the safe running of the plant.
Organised by UBM India, other companies who attended the event included Atkins Global, HR Wallingford, The Lloyd’s Register Group, Centronic and Innovative Physics, demonstrating the growing criticality of Indian nuclear power to the global economy.
- (1)National Power Corporation of India Ltd. – “Tarapur Remains an Icon of N-Power Stability”
- (2)British Expertise – “UKTI Nuclear Energy Trade Mission to India”
- (3)Greenpeace – “India’s Nuclear Ambition”
- (4)Nuclear Industry Association – “UKTI Nuclear Energy Trade Mission to India”
- (5)World Nuclear – “Nuclear Power in India”