Pakistan’s fourth nuclear power plant now operational

17 October 2016 (Last Updated October 17th, 2016 18:30)

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has noted that Pakistan’s fourth nuclear power plant, located at Chashma Unit-3 (C-3) has commenced its operations and has been connected to the national grid.

The power plant has the ability to generate 340MW of electricity.

PAEC sources were quoted by nation.com.pk as saying: “Congratulation to the nation that Pakistan’s 4th nuclear power plant Chashma Unit-3(C-3) has been connected to the national grid.”

"The plant will attain full power in the first fortnight of December 2016."

The sources further added that the electricity generated by the fourth nuclear plant, being supplied to the national grid, has been initiated on a trial basis.

They also said: “After performing various safety and functional tests, the plant will attain full power in first fortnight of December 2016 and a formal inauguration ceremony of the full power grid connection will be held in December.”

PAEC chairman Muhammad Naeem said that their scientists and engineers have been working hard towards ensuring energy across the country.

Naeem further acknowledged the support he received from the Pakistani Government, as well as from Strategic Plans Division (SPD), which helped them in achieving these targets.

KANUPP is Pakistan’s first nuclear power plant located in Karachi, which is operational for nearly 44 years. The two other nuclear power plants C-1 and C-2 located in Chashma, have been generating more than 90% of power and catering power requirements of the country.

The C-1 and C-2 are reported to be the country’s best power generating units, with a supply of more than 600MW to the national grid.

Currently, two more nuclear power plants K-2 and K-3 located near Karachi are under construction and it is expected to be complete by 2020 and 2021.