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Russia’s atomic energy giant, Rosatom, is in discussions with Indian nuclear authorities to supply technology for small modular reactors (SMRs). This collaboration could address India’s growing energy demands while providing a clean and sustainable solution.

Evgeny Pakermanov, President of Rosatom Overseas, highlighted the company’s experience in SMR technology. Rosatom is currently constructing its first land-based SMR in Yukatia, a remote province in Russia. This 190 MWt (55 MWe) power plant utilizes enriched uranium and requires minimal land (only 15 acres). Scheduled for operation in 2028, this project showcases the potential of SMRs to provide clean energy in geographically challenging regions.

Rosatom sees significant potential for this technology in India. SMRs offer a compelling solution for areas where large nuclear power plants might be impractical due to economic or logistical constraints, such as difficult terrain or limited infrastructure.

The proposed technology is the RITM-200 series SMR, based on pressurized water reactor (PWR) technology. This well-established design has a proven safety record, demonstrated in its application for nuclear icebreakers. By adopting SMRs, India could leverage this safe and reliable technology to meet its clean energy goals.