Nuclear power plants: ‘Production to be raised to 40,000MW by 2050’

Published: March 20, 2015
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KARACHI: The overall production of nuclear power plants will be raised to 40,000MW by 2050 by setting up numerous nuclear power plants across the country, said Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Chairman Dr Ansar Pervaiz.

He said Karachi Nuclear Power Plant, Chashma Nuclear Power Unit-1 and Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 have been producing a total of 755MW of nuclear power. This capacity will be raised to 3,535MW by 2021, upon completion of the under construction C-3, C-4, K-2 and K-3 projects.

Highlighting the long-term strategy devised under the Nuclear Power Vision to overcome the energy crisis, he said that after 2021, PAEC will be focusing on commencing construction work on at least one nuclear power plant project every year in order to achieve the desired targets.

With the construction of K-2 and K-3 projects, 10,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities will be created, whereas the annual financial impact is estimated to be Rs10 billion upon completion of this project by 2021, he said.

Dr Pervaiz informed that K-2 and K-3 projects were based on Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) concept and a total of 279 PWRs are operating around the world including two in Pakistan. Many safety features have been added to meet the enhanced safety targets of the new generation (Gen III) of reactors.

“Pakistan needs to build more nuclear power plants to overcome severe energy shortfall as the electricity demand has been increasing at a much higher rate compared to the economic growth,” he said.

Highlighting the overall global scenario of nuclear power production, PAEC chief said, “With the construction of 25 nuclear power plants under way, China has taken the lead. Russia follows with nine nuclear power plants, India with six, United States with five and Pakistan with four.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Tazeen
    Mar 20, 2015 - 10:23AM

    Nuclear power is safe and is a reliable source of power generation. Pakistan is a country which is having a vast experience of more than forty years in this domain and it would not be odd to opt for the available option of nuclear power plants which can make the country to make its energy demands fulfilled. Government decision for constructing, operating and increasing its dependency on nuclear power is timely and wisely taken. GOP must continue with the project without any further delay. Recommend

  • Natasha
    Mar 20, 2015 - 12:26PM

    We should welcome the building of nuclear power plants in Karachi as they will not address our energy woes but also generate 10,000 direct or indirect employment opportunity. So these nuclear plants would facilitate us at two folds levels. There is a need to focus on facts rather than false propositions. The ACP 1000 is not at all a new design but based on Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) used world wide. Nuclear will enjoy a largest share in energy mix of Pakistan and obviously a gate way to end energy crisis. This project will not only address our energy needs of present but play a substantial role for future needs too. Recommend

  • Rabia
    Mar 20, 2015 - 2:03PM

    For PAkistan to end its energy crisis there is an ample need to install nuclear power plants rather than having solar and wind projects which are time consuming projects. Also we cannot use fossils as they are really harmful for environment and causes severe implications. In the end, only one thing’s really clear: Even if we do stick with other resources, we’re going to need nuclear a whole lot else besides.Recommend

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    Technological developments in nuclear power generation and fission research have lessened the number of problems in reactor constructions, operations and simultaneously increased efficiency. Moreover these technological advancements have also provided a better way to meet the increasing energy needs in a cost competitive manner. As a result, it has become an attractive source of energy and hence future energy demands are expected to be dealt with by the use of nuclear power. Recommend

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