Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the fourth operating unit of the Chashma Nuclear Power Plant in Mianwali district of the Punjab was inaugurated on Friday.
The power plant will add 340 megawatts (MW) electricity to the national grid. This is Pakistan’s fifth nuclear power project.
Speaking at the inauguration, PM Abbasi said, “This power plant will not only help in fulfilling energy needs of the country but also assist in reducing environmental pollution.” He also thanked the Chinese government for their assistance in completing the power project.
The plant was built by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) with Chinese assistance. The approval and guidelines for the project were issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit 4 (C-4) will be operational on a trial basis and will pass through various functional and safety tests at full power. It’s reactor type is CNP-300.
Currently, Pakistan’s four nuclear power plants KANUPP, C-1, C-2 and C-3 are generating a total of 1,030 MW electricity. Other units, C-1, C-2 and C-3, are the best performing power plants in the country and have been contributing to the national grid since 2000, 2011 and 2016 respectively.
Two more nuclear power plants, K-2 and K-3, are currently under construction and will be operational in 2020 and 2021 respectively, adding another 2,200 MW to Pakistan’s national grid.
Pakistan is estimated to have an energy shortfall of more than 5,000 MW.