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Work to start on 3rd unit of Karachi nuclear plant soon

Updated Jun 01, 2016 08:30am

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FUQING (China): Construction work is expected to start within weeks on the third unit at the Karachi nuclear power plant using a reactor developed by the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), according to a spokesman for the company.

A report published on the website of China Daily said the K3 plant would be built by using Hualong One, the CNNC’s third-generation nuclear reactor design.

It quoted CNNC spokesman Pan Jianming as saying it would be the second nuclear power project in Pakistan to be based on the Hualong One technology, after construction started at the K2 plant in August last year.

“Hualong One was developed based on very mature technologies and the project is going on very smoothly. It will help ease power shortages in the Karachi region after completion,” Mr Pan told a forum in Fuqing, Fujian province, where the Hualong One pilot project is based.

Mr Pan said that CNNC had been accelerating its efforts to sell the technology to other overseas buyers.

Although still in early stages, an understanding had been reached with the Algerian energy authorities for the development of a nuclear research centre, the spokesman said.

The two parties would consider using the Hualong One technology, and also discuss the possibility of developing renewable-energy projects.

Any final agreement is expected to include technical and training services, in a country that has yet to develop a nuclear power station.

The CNNC signed a framework deal last week with Sudan to build a 600-megawatt atomic reactor, its first project in the African country.

Li Zhuoqun, the deputy director of CNNC’s nuclear power division, said: “One reactor may be worth several billion dollars, but there could be deals worth hundreds of billions of dollars further down the industrial chain.”

The China National Nuclear Power, a CNNC subsidiary, currently has 14 nuclear reactors in operation, with 11 under construction in China.

By arrangement with ANN

Published in Dawn, June 1st, 2016

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Comments (7) Closed



abdullah Jun 01, 2016 09:14am

Good going PMLN gov.

Indian Jun 01, 2016 11:52am

All the best.

Israr Jun 01, 2016 12:55pm

@Indian Good gesture. Hope India and Pakistan begin to find mutually acceptable solutions and create goodwill and feelings of trusting friendship which will greatly contribute to the prosperity of the region.

Dasti Jun 01, 2016 01:17pm

Stop building Neuclear Reactors very near to one of the most populous city, Karachi. Clifton is already polluted, Building new reactors near Hawksbay will leave no safe place to live and enjoy the clean and healthy Beach in the city.

Awais Jun 01, 2016 01:40pm

Thats what we needed... long live Pakistan

Khwarezmi Jun 01, 2016 03:33pm

I am 100% for nuclear energy. But it should be built further away from populated areas.

Bobb mack Jun 01, 2016 08:07pm

China-Pak relationship is truely based on convergence of national interests so that despite changes in global environment their friendship seems unshakable from day one. Despite their status as a strong emerging world power it never shows any hegemonic inclinations like other neighbours who would want to see us off the world map in no times if we were not able to keep them in check. Obviously Chinese have economic interests of their own and rhere is nothing wrong with that as long as we are also gaining. China is a great hope for the world and with its reserves being more than 3 Trillion USD can assist its allies with many development projects. On the other hand India's Modi has only a meagre amount in his pocket(300 Billion USD) with which he dares go round the world, shines his Coins but will only be rewarded with "out-dated" batches of technology (still OK in context of India though).

-China friendship Zindabad.