May 21, 2021
The environmental and economic benefits of Pakistan’s Karachi nuclear power plant will be “enormous” in a country particularly vulnerable to climate change, Prime Minister Imran Khan said today, officially inaugurating the first of two Hualong One units at the site.
Imran Khan addresses inauguration ceremony via videoconference
Karachi 2 joins the five nuclear power plants already in operation under the leadership of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.
Speaking from Islamabad via video conference at a ceremony which also marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China, Khan said the plant’s 1,100 MW of clean power “will almost double. “Pakistan’s nuclear power generation.
Karachi’s Unit 3 – which like Unit 2 is also a 1,100 MW Hualong One unit supplied by the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) – is expected to generate power early next year, has he declared. The Karachi units are the first exports of the Hualong One, which is promoted in the international market as the HPR1000.
“It should be mentioned here that clean, reliable and affordable electricity generation will also bring economic benefits to the country,” said Khan.
Construction of Karachi 2 began in 2015 and the unit reached its first criticality in February and was connected to the grid in March after the completion of commissioning tests. The operating period of the plant is 60 years, which can be extended for another 20 years.
According to Associated Press of PakistanChina Atomic Energy Authority Chairman Zhang KeJian said the launch of Karachi 2 shows the two countries’ commitment to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for socio-economic benefit of their population. CNNC Chairman China Yu Jian Feng said nuclear technology transfer and cooperation between China and Pakistan “will reach new heights.”
Research and writing by World Nuclear News