Pakistan’s 4th Nuclear Power Plant of 340MW is Now Operational

Among news of doom and gloom that we watch or listen to everyday, for once there’s some good news on the horizon. Pakistan’s 4th nuclear power plant of 340MW capacity is now operational.

It is called Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3 (C-3) and will attain full working capacity in December. The power plant was constructed near Mianwali and is now officially connected to the national power grid. The inauguration ceremony for the power plant will be held in December when the plant reaches its full capacity of 340 Megawatts.

Will Be Inaugurated in December

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) issued the following statement regarding the start of the power plant:

Congratulations to the nation that Pakistan’s 4th nuclear power plant Chashma unit-3(C-3) has been connected to the national grid.

After performing various safety and functional tests, the plant will attain full power in first fortnight of December 2016 and a formal inauguration ceremony of the full power grid connection will be held in December.

A ceremony for connecting to the national power grid was held at the plant where members of PAEC and other dignitaries were present. On the occasion, chairman PAEC Muhammad Naeem added that the scientists and engineers working at PAEC were expending most of their efforts towards achieving energy security for Pakistan.

Two More Power Plants in the Pipeline

According to the concerned officials, the next Chashma Nuclear power plant unit C-4 will become operational in the first half of 2017. Two bigger power plants being made in Karachi, K-2 and K-3 will be ready in 2020 and 2021 respectively. These two will supply around 2100MW of electricity to the national power grid.

Via Business Recorder

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  • I’m thinking it’s only a matter of time before something foul occurs at one of these facilities and all hell breaks loose. Three of the biggest superpowers in the world, USA, Russia and Japan have experienced reactor meltdowns, leading to entire cities turning into ghost towns. If something like this happens in Pakistan, do we even have the means to deal with the aftermath?

        • I’m not a genius but I’m living in this area for 16 years and I know a lot about these plants and I know the measures they take so don’t you worry ;)

          • Doesn’t matter. Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Fukushima all had state of the art, IAEA standardized plants with third gen cores (4th gen in case of Fukushima) and look what happened. Nuclear power is like playing with hell fire. One little oversight and entire cities turn to death zones, never to be inhabited ever again.

            • Yes one little thing can be hazardous I totally agree, we are living by the grace of God and everyone on this planet , this plant has worked for this many years and I hope will carry on, I simply wronged your words because you said a calamity must happen but I denied because of my belief nothing else :)

              3 plants are already working the third recently started with the fourth following and I think fifth and sixth will also come into being so yes we are doomed as per your words :)

              • Well let’s just hope and pray we have adequate measures to contain the situation in case something like this does happen. Although I highly doubt it. We are neither USA, Russia or Japan. The contamination will most likely be left to spread, affecting millions for years to come.

                • The distance between the plant and my home is like 4 or more km and the displacement between my home and the plant is of like 2 or more km
                  So if anything happens yes we’ll be the first to get affected

                  And yes we got measures for it

                  Here is intervention of many people , but sorry I can’t disclose it’s secrets because it’s a sensitive area.

                  • Oh, I’ve been to Kanupp. Sad to say but the safety measures they had there were worse than some multi-national organizations situated within Karachi. Like I said, we are neither USA, Russia or Japan. If they could hardly manage to keep the situation under control, then it’s unthinkable for us, a nation who believes in jugaars, i.e. getting away with doing things halfway. Sorry but not buying your “sensitive area” bs.

                    • Yes you are right ,

                      Umm I didn’t get the buying sensitive area part , elaborate please.

                      Oh and yes I was wondering maybe I could add you on Facebook.

  • I’m thinking it’s only a matter of time before something foul occurs at one of these facilities and all h ell breaks loose. Three of the biggest superpowers in the world, USA, Russia and Japan have experienced reactor meltdowns, leading to entire cities turning into ghost towns. If something like this happens in Pakistan, do we even have the means to deal with the aftermath?

    • Even worse, the plants are near Karachi. If something happens BEFORE Gwadar goes live, we lose a lot of shipping access, too. (Ignoring industry in/near Karachi that is)

  • The world is made of optimists and pessimists. The optimist builds the aeroplane and the pessimist build the parachute. Both create the world. Have a heart. Pakistan is the future super power. Insha Allah.

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