Areva: Nuclear Power Plant in Jaitapur

AREVA is engaged in negotiations with government officials to construct six 1,650 MW EPR nuclear reactors in Jaitapur, India. If completed, the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project would become the largest nuclear power plant in the world. [1] Jaitapur is located in a seismically sensitive area classified as a Moderate Damage Risk Zone (Zone III). The Geological Survey of India has reported over 92 earthquakes in this region between 1985 and 2005, the strongest of which registered a 6.2 on the Richter scale. [2] People living in and around the reactor site fiercely oppose the project. In April 2011, local police killed one protester and injured several others while attempting to subdue a disgruntled mob. [3]

[1] Greenpeace (n.d): Jaitapur nuclear power plant, (accessed 01.10.2013).

[2] B. Viju (2011): “20 years, 92 quakes: Ground trembles beneath Jaitapur’s feet”, Times of India, 16 March, accessed 02.10.2013

[3]  Hundistan Times (2011): 1 dead in firing in Jaitapur N-plant protest, 19 April, accessed 02.10.2013