Energy projects in PM’s focus even in London

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Inauguration of Chashma-III power plant in August

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is due back in the country next month after heart surgery, is set to inaugurate multi-million mega energy project Chashma Nuclear Power Plant (CHASNUPP)-III now in its final stage of completion.
The prime minister will inaugurate the project in August this year and will be the first big tangible gift from the PML-N government in the energy sector to the loadshedding-hit people of Pakistan.
Talking to Pakistan Observer here on Friday highly-placed sources at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) said that with its inauguration, the 340MW nuclear power plant (CHASNUPP-III) will be linked to the national grid making up for a big chunk of electricity shortage.
Even in London during his recovery phase, the prime minister held a number of meetings with officials of the PAEC and Water & Power Ministry to get update on the construction work.
The PAEC has given August 14 as soft date for the historic inauguration and apparently the timing suits the premiere and his team, he said.
Not only is CHASNUPP-III becoming functional this year, CHASNUPP-IV, which too is under-construction, is destined to be inaugurated in February 2017, the official further told.
Both nuclear power plants after CHASNUPP-I and CHASNUPP-II will prove an asset for the country and will bring the government close to fulfilling its promise made to the nation saying there will be no power loadshedding in the country in 2016.
While describing the utility of the Chashma nuclear plants, the sources said Chashma-II is unique in the sense that it is generating electricity beyond its capacity.
The actual capacity of Chashma-II is 325MW whereas it is producing 330MW, which makes it unique.
When asked how it was possible, the official said it is due to certain supporting equipment, turbine and valves that have enhanced its efficiency.
He further added, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking special interest in the energy projects all over the country and there are a number of projects to be unfolded in the energy sector on his return from London.

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