Official Says Bihar Plans Four-Unit Nuclear Power Plant

A senior official from the Bihar government of India has said that the northeastern state has decided to pursue nuclear power, aiming to construct a four-unit plant with a 3,000 MW capacity.

BiharThe plant would be built at Rajauli in Nawada district, according to Jai Kumar Singh, the state's Industries Minister.

We have embarked on a growth path. We want to be self-reliant in the power sector. Apart from the other sources of energy, we have also planned to set up nearly 3,000 MW of nuclear capacity in Bihar,” said Singh, as quoted by the Financial Express.

Singh also said a site, which has been surveyed by India's Atomic Energy Commission, had been selected for the power plant that will deploy four reactors, each with 700 MW of capacity. In addition, “the agreement letter from the water resources department has been sent to the Central Water Commission and we are awaiting their approval,” he said in remarks made at the Bihar Investors' Roadshow.

The aim for the state is to take advantage of its strong agricultural economy to attract food processing industries to the region, he said.

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