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India’s Nuclear Energy Plans and Cyber Security of Nuclear Plants

Published Nov 27, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

To overcome apprehensions of penetration of the nuclear power plant, a complete check of the administrative network of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) was done by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) along with Computer & Information Security Advisory Group (CISAG) of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

Certain measures for immediate and short term implementation has been recommended. Several measures have been taken for further strengthening of Information Security in administrative networks viz. hardening of internet and administrative intranet connectivity, restriction on removable media, blocking of websites & IPs which have been identified with malicious activity etc.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

With Seven (07) reactor units with a capacity of 5300 MW under construction and excavation is in progress for start of construction of four (04) more units having a capacity of 3400 MW. The Government has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction of ten (10) more reactor units of 700 MW each.Thus cyber security will assume importance given reports of penetration of the administrative network of the KKNPP.

Additionally, the Government has accorded ‘in-principle’ approval to five (05) sites of which four (04) sites are earmarked for housing six large size reactor units at each site in cooperation with foreign technology partners and one site for housing four reactor units based on indigenous technology.

The Government has taken several measures for augmenting nuclear power capacity. These include:

Accord of administrative approval and financial sanction of – ten (10) indigenous 700 MW Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) to be set up in fleet mode & two (02) units of Light Water Reactors (LWRs) to be set up in cooperation with Russian Federation.

Creation of Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) in the context of Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (CLND) Act 2010.

Amendment of the Atomic Energy Act to enable Joint Ventures of Public Sector Companies to set up nuclear power projects.
Entering into enabling agreements with foreign countries for nuclear power cooperation.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.