PAEC loads fuel to another 1100 MW nuclear power plant K-3
Observer Report Karachi
Pakistan on Friday completed loading of nuclear fuel to second 1,100 megawatt nuclear power plant in Karachi after getting formal fuel load permit from Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
The important milestone coincided with three decades of successful nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and China. Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-3 commonly named, K-3 is in the final stages of commissioning and after operational and safety tests, the plant is expected to begin commercial operation by end of March 2022.
With the introduction of K-2 and K-3 into the national grid, the share of nuclear power in the energy mix of Pakistan will exceed 10 percent.
A new era in the nuclear power development program of Pakistan commenced with the signing of ‘Agreement for Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy’ between governments of China and Pakistan in 1986.
However, the first concrete step in the remarkable journey was taken 30 years ago when China National Nuclear Corporation and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission signed the contract for construction and installation of a 325 megawatt Pressurized Water Reactor at Chashma on December 31, 1991.
The cooperation strengthened with the construction of three more nuclear power plants at Chashma Nuclear Power Generation Station site.
The contract for construction of two more units having generation capacity of 1100 megawatts each near Karachi was signed on February 18, 2013. These units are called Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 (K-2) and K-3. After groundbreaking of K-2/K-3 in November, 2013, the construction on K-3 was formally started.