Thursday, March 23, 2023

Pakistan’s first 1100MW nuclear power plant connected to national grid

Pakistan’s first 1100MW nuclear power plant to produce safe and affordable electricity

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has announced that the country’s first 1100MW Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 (K-2) has been connected to the national grid.

The new unit would provide clean, reliable, and cost-effective electricity to the people. “This is a gift for the people on Pakistan Day” PAEC officials said. PAEC Chairman Muhammad Naeem congratulated Member Power Saeedur Rehman and his team on the remarkable achievement.

The loading of nuclear fuel into the plant commenced on December 1, 2020, and it has achieved criticality at the end of February after undergoing certain safety tests and procedures.

K-2 is Pakistan’s first nuclear power plant in Pakistan with a generation capacity of 1100MW, and claimed its addition to the national grid would improve the country’s economy, PAEC said.

Pakistan now has six nuclear power plants, two in Karachi and four at Chashma in the Mianwali district, which would now add nearly 2500MW of energy to the national grid increasing the capacity immensely from the current 1400MW.

Another K-3 unit with 1100MW capacity is currently in a completion phase and is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.

Energy Minister Omar Ayub also shared the big development of Twitter:

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