India and France sign MoU for construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur

India and France have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra, two months after the two countries decided to conclude the techno-commercial negotiations for the project by the year end.

  • The pact was inked at the end of the two-day visit of a high-level delegation of Electricite de France (EDF) — French public utility — to Mumbai for holding discussions with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) on the construction of the plants.
  • French Ambassador to India Francois Richier, who was present on the occasion, reiterated his country’s commitment to working seamlessly with India through a collaborative approach to enable both sides to contribute collectively to the development of nuclear energy in India in the most economical manner.
  • The Jaitapur nuclear power project, proposing a nuclear power plant of 9900 MW, consists of 6 European Pressurised Reactors (EPR) of 1650 MW each.

Did You Know?

  • The name France comes from the Latin word Francia, which means ‘country of the Franks’.

  • French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion are also recognized as a part of France.

  • The capital city is Paris. Other major cities include Marseille, Lyon, Lille, and Nice-Cannes.

  • The famous Eiffel Tower in Paris was built as the entrance point for the 1889 World Fair. It is one of the most visited monuments in the world.

  • The most famous road bicycle race in the world, the Tour de France zig zags through the French landscape.