As India plans to import eight 1,000-MW nuclear-powered reactors by 2012, a fifty-member high-level delegation of the United States trade mission of commercial nuclear businessmen, representing more than 30 of the world’s leading commercial nuclear companies, is scheduled to tour India from December 2.
The US delegation envisages a sale of at least two reactors, which would create 3,000-5,000 direct jobs and 10,000-15,000 indirect jobs in the U.S. nuclear industry.
Led by Jack Fuller, the CEO of GE-Hitachi, which is the world’s leading provider of advanced reactors, nuclear fuel and services, the contingent also includes Westinghouse Electric Company, another world leader in commercial reactors.
Starting from New Delhi, the mission, under the aegis of U.S. India Business Council (USIBC) and Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) will travel to Hyderabad and Mumbai to meet Indian government officials, top executives of leading public-sector undertakings as well as senior executives from India’s rising global companies.
The U.S. companies would be in stiff competition with French and Russian reactor builders for the lucrative Indian contract.