EDF Submits Binding Techno-Commercial Offer to NPCIL to Build 6 EPRs at Jaitapur Nuclear Plant

French state-owned electric utility Électricité de France S.A. (EDF) has submitted the French binding techno-commercial offer to the Indian nuclear operator NPCIL to supply engineering studies and equipment for the construction of 6 EPR reactors at the Jaitapur nuclear plant in Maharashtra.

April 23, 2021. By Manu Tayal

French state-owned electric utility Électricité de France S.A. (EDF) has submitted the French binding techno-commercial offer to the Indian nuclear operator NPCIL to supply engineering studies and equipment for the construction of 6 EPR reactors at the Jaitapur nuclear plant in Maharashtra.

The move came in the backdrop of the agreement signed in 2018 in the presence of Indian Prime Minister and French President for the submission of EDF’s non-binding proposal.

The EDF offer includes - detailed technical configuration of the reactors; and the associated comprehensive commercial terms and conditions.

As per the offer, EDF will provide the EPR technology as such, the Group supplies engineering studies and equipment for the construction of 6 reactors.

On the other hand, NPCIL is responsible for the construction and commissioning of each of the 6 units of the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant, as well as for obtaining all necessary permits and consents in India.

In line with the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ national initiatives, EDF said that it will identify Indian companies that could be selected as suppliers of the project; and to date, around 200 companies have already been pre-qualified.

Besides, it will also setup an engineering platform in India, to carry out part of the detailed engineering studies and all execution plans.

Additionally, the Group will also launch a pre-feasibility study, conducted by EDF, I2EN (International Institute of Nuclear Energy) and VJTI (Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute), for the establishment of a centre of excellence in India aiming to train engineers and technicians, and to support the development of the necessary set of skills for the project.

The project is expected to create around 25,000 local jobs during the construction phase for a pair of EPR units, tens of thousands of indirect and induced jobs.

Moreover, the operation of the 6 EPR units would create around 2,700 permanent jobs.

Commenting on the development, Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and CEO of the EDF Group, said, “the submission of EDF’s binding techno- commercial offer for the Jaitapur project is a major step forward for the Group and the French nuclear industry. This key milestone has been achieved thanks to the trust-based relationship built over time with our Indian partner, and the excellent collaboration and continuous efforts of the EDF and NPCIL teams.”

Lévy further said “this is yet another significant step towards the materialization of this flagship project for our great nations, and the establishment of a long-term partnership in the civil nuclear field between both our leading nuclear industries. As a leader in low-carbon energy solutions and the world's largest nuclear operator, we are proud to support India in this major project, which illustrates the Indian government's determination to achieve 40% CO2-free energy in its mix by 2030, and which resonates perfectly with the Group's company purpose.”

The Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant project is a cornerstone of the bilateral cooperation between France and India: with an installed capacity of 9.6 GWe, the plant would be the most powerful in the world; it would generate up to 75 TWh per year and cover the annual consumption of 70 million Indian households while avoiding the emission of 80 million tons of CO2 per year.

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