Sunday, November 19, 2006

Firms likely to benefit from nuclear deal

The US Senate action put India closer to being able to purchase US nuclear fuel, reactors and related technology.

It has overwhelmingly endorsed a plan to allow US civilian nuclear fuel shipments to India, handing President George W Bush an important victory on one of his top foreign policy initiatives.

Senior lawmakers championed the proposal, which would reverse decades of US anti-proliferation policy.

They said that it strengthens a strategic relationship with a friendly country that has long maintained what the United States considers a responsible nuclear program.

Nuke deal beneficiaries

Reliance EnergyRolta
Alstom ProjectsCrompton Greaves

Power generation

Back home, an
alysts have welcomed the Senate approval. "This is a positive development from India's perspective," said Amitabh Chakraborty, Head - PCG, Brics Securities.

The Senate action was critical to help allow India meet its soaring energy needs.

"This is a positive develop
ment for the nuclear power programme in India," said Amitabh Mundhra, Director, Simplex Infrastructure.

The government plans to double the country's power generation capacity that currently stands at 1,250,000 MW.

According to
estimates, India country would need additional 100,000 MW of power by 2012.

"The government has announced its intention and put in more nuclear power. More reactors will be put in place going forward. The deal can give raw material for projects and opens up equipment export avenues," added M V Kotwal, Director, Larsen & Toubro.

Of the total p
ower generated, thermal power constitutes the maximum at 57 per cent followed by hydel power at 25 per cent. Nuclear energy constitutes a meager 3 per cent and this is likely to go up three fold by 2015.

Ashu Kakkar, a technical analyst suggests that potential investors can look into buying L&T, HCC and Gammon India from a long-term perspective.
courtesy:- ndtv profit


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