Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has inaugurated Pakistan’s fifth nuclear power plant C-4 in Chashma today. The plant has the capacity to generate 340MW.
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), while pursuing its vision of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, has achieved yet another milestone with the Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-4 (C-4) which has formally being connected to the national grid.
Previously, Chashma Nuclear Power Project Units C-1, C-2 and C-3 have been successfully contributing to the national grid. The three nuclear power plants of Chinese origin have proven to be the best performing power stations in the country, with availability factor of around 99%.
The fourth nuclear power plant C-4 at Chashma, has now become operational while the country’s four nuclear power plants KANUPP, C-1 C-2 and C-3 are generating 1030 MW. Another 340 MW electricity will be added with the inauguration of C-4.
Two large size Nuclear Power Plants K-2 and K-3 are also under construction near Karachi. K-2 is scheduled to be operation in 2020 and K-3 in 2021. They would add another 2200 MW to the national grid.
Referring to Pakistan-China collaboration and CPEC projects, the Prime Minister said the fruits of our endeavors have started reaching people with a network of roads being spread across the country and the development of Gwadar and Thar Coal.
He said that ongoing projects are being worked out expeditiously and will be completed by June next year.
He expressed the hope that the GDP growth rate will reach over six percent by next year.