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SOUTH KOREA-Painful Journey

grids and so Indian officials suggested that the Soviet Union instead make an offer for two 440 MW units. However, the then chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Raja Ramanna, did not favour Soviet technology, mainly on design considerations, and the offer was put in cold storage. The revival of the Soviet offer comes at a time when the international nuclear power plant industry is in deep recession. India's plan to set up 10,000 MW of capacity through nuclear power plants by the turn of the century if it were to entail substantial imports would mean a potential billion dollar business for the nuclear power equipment manufacturers in the industrialised countries. The Soviet Union seems to be keen to make inroads into this lucrative market.

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