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Pakistan to inaugurate Chinese-made nuclear power plant

Nuclear Power Plant Will Add 1100 MWs In National Grid. However, Pakistan Needs To Grow Its GDP At 7 Percent To Utilize Its Total Power Generation Which Is In Surplus.

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Pakistan and China are enjoying unprecedented and deep-rooted friendship and cooperation in almost all spheres of life; and the energy sector is one of them under which Pakistan is steadily inching towards attaining self-sufficiency through a number of power generation projects initiated in collaboration with China especially under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Project.

The latest project that has been completed with Chinese assistance is Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 (K-2) having 1100 MW capacity which will be formally inaugurated today. (Friday, May 21).

K-2 is a generation III, state-of-the-art plant with improved safety systems, especially internal and external accident prevention ability and enhanced emergency response capability.

The construction of K-2 commenced in November 2013, whereas its fuel loading started on December 01, 2020, after approval from the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA). After further reactor physics tests, plant was connected to national grid on March 18, 2021 for trial operation and power escalation tests.

Meanwhile, Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-3 (K-3), with similar capacity is also in commissioning phase and is expected to start production during first quarter of 2022.

Official sources told APP that huge over $ 46 billion foreign investment under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) poured into the country. Out of total, some $ 34 billion was invested in the power projects.

The official said nine out of 22 energy projects had been completed, while five mega electricity projects in Thar, Kohala, Azad Pattan and others were in the pipeline.

After completion of all the projects, Pakistan would not only become self-sufficient in the energy with addition of 17,045 MW electricity to the national grid but would also able to export it.

Some other power projects that had already been commissioned included 1320 MW Sahiwal Coal Power Plant, 1000 MW Quaid e Azam Solar Park, 1320 MW Rahimyar Khan Coal Power Plant, LNG based plants in Bhikki, CHASHNUPP-IV, LNG based Plants in Balloki, 1320 MW Port Qasim Power Project Unit-I-II, Patrind Hydropower etc.

Similarly, Suki Kinari Hydro Power, Karot Hydro Power Projects were also being set up with Chinese assistance under CPEC. About 60 percent work of the Suki Kinari Hydro Power Project had been completed would become operational in December 2022, official in CPEC authority told.

The 884 MW Suki Kinari hydro power project was being set up at River Kunhar, Kaghan with an estimated cost of $2 billion.

According to a CPEC Authority official, the mega project would move forward with more strength during the current year and the years ahead, which would further strengthen the bilateral relations between Pakistan and China.