Newbuild: New Delhi Slowly Ordering 'Fleet Mode' Components

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While progress remains slow, over the past year India's nuclear planners have signed major supply-chain contracts for the build-out of 10 additional 700 megawatt indigenous pressurized heavy-water reactors, or IPHWRs: two at Kaiga in Karnatka, two at Gorakhpur (Units 3 and 4) in Haryana, two at Chutka in Madhya Pradesh and four at Mahi Banswara in Rajastan. This ambitious 1.05 trillion rupee ($13.20 billion) "fleet mode" program, which New Delhi first committed to in 2017, would see construction of the newbuilds start sequentially between 2023-25, and to be completed in 2031. All of that is on top of the twin IPHWRs planned but not yet under construction as the first two units of Gorakhpur.

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