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Russia has dangled the possibility of offering India technology to construct and manage low-power nuclear power plants that can float on water. This proposition is likely to be a key topic of discussion during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Moscow on July 8-9, 2024.

Prime Minister Modi’s itinerary includes a visit to the Rosatom Pavilion, showcasing Russia’s state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom. He is also scheduled to meet with Alexey Likhachev, Rosatom’s Director General, ahead of a private dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s offer of floating nuclear technology comes amidst India’s growing energy demands. These low-power plants could provide a unique solution for geographically remote locations or areas with limited access to traditional power sources.

However, several factors require consideration. The safety and environmental implications of such floating plants need thorough evaluation. Additionally, India already collaborates with Russia on several conventional nuclear power projects, and the feasibility of integrating this new technology into the existing framework remains to be seen.