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Sat 13 Jan 2007 12:00 AM

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Reactor build to start

India will begin construction of the Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) this year, marking launch of stage three of the country’s nuclear programme.

India will begin construction of the Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) this year, marking launch of stage three of the country’s nuclear programme.

“We will start the construction on the AHWR sometime this year,” said Anil Kakodkar, chairman, Atomic Energy Commission.

He added the thorium-based AHWR was currently undergoing pre-licensing review by the Atomic Energry Regulatory Board.

The AHWR, a 300mW technology demonstrator reactor, will take about five to six years to complete and cost around US $300 million (INR13.2 billion).

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