Chinese assistance: Work starts on nuclear power plant at Karachi shore, say sources

Published: October 24, 2013

The 1,000MW project worth $4bn may take seven years to complete. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

Spadework has been started on the 1,000 MW nuclear power plant being set up near Hawkes Bay with Chinese assistance, sources said. The plant worth $4 billion will take seven years to start generating power.

First payment from the $1 billion allocated in the current budget has been released by the federal government to the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission to initiate development work on the project.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the project on a later date as part of Karachi Coastal Power Project that involves setting up two nuclear reactors having a production capacity of 1,000MW each.

The sources said that the centre has also earmarked funds for setting up a nuclear power plant in Punjab with Chinese assistance.

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has set a target of establishing nuclear power plants capable of producing 8,800 MW of electricity by the year 2030, most likely with Chinese assistance, the sources said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Pakistani
    Oct 24, 2013 - 9:44AM

    More nuclear power is required to cope up with the load shedding..good start hopefully it will be completed.

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  • Criticker
    Oct 24, 2013 - 10:05AM

    If we can build nuclear power plants, why are we begging Americans for Civilian Nuclear Power agreement? Confusion Confusion Confusion!!!!

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  • suzo
    Oct 24, 2013 - 10:40AM

    build kala bagh dam

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  • Last Word
    Oct 24, 2013 - 10:47AM

    ‘The plant worth 4 billion dollars will take seven years to start generating power.’
    Clever Chinese, they know that the country wont be in existence by that time.

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  • awais
    Oct 24, 2013 - 11:13AM

    why 7 years? that is way too long. if it takes that long, they need to start work on more than 2 nuclear plants right now

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  • Shah
    Oct 24, 2013 - 1:10PM

    @Last Word:
    Are you talking about India or Pakistan?

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  • saad
    Oct 24, 2013 - 3:20PM

    @shah hahaha let him dream about it.Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Oct 24, 2013 - 3:48PM

    So did ET reporter go out and confirm that “spade work” started – or is this another planted story by “sources” to give impression that govt is actually doing something?

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  • JS
    Oct 24, 2013 - 3:53PM

    Lets replace the 150,783,402,897MW Thar coal gave us under the PPP with this new utopian fantasy of “Chinese Nuclear Power” for the next 5 years…

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  • incognito
    Oct 24, 2013 - 4:24PM

    @unbelievable: I can bet this is a planted story! lol! Just today there was a news that the govt will use media to negate all tough decisions and this is being done aptly!!!!

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 24, 2013 - 9:48PM

    After father USA Chacha China will save Pakistan because big brother is nothing for her .Achsai chin and Gawader has been given just to continue enemyship with India .Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Nov 26, 2013 - 5:24PM

    Its chinese technology and so will be a disaster, if reactor implementation on shore of karachi.If any problem happens, then people have to get away from the financial city of pakistan and will become a no mans land.

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  • Talha Rizvi
    Nov 26, 2013 - 6:13PM

    @Dr.A.K.Tewari:
    Failed doctor your comments display your sick hatred for Pakistan. Gwadar is very much a part of Pakistan. Stop posting comments which display your own ignorance. Looks like Indian ditched it’s daddy Russia for USA to reach new levels of ignorance which will lead to it’s downfall.

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  • SYED ABBAS
    Nov 26, 2013 - 9:24PM

    havent heard of any@Ahmed:
    havnt heard of any nuclear accidents in China but the Fukishima disaster makes me uneasy about sonami

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