PM Khan inaugurates 1,100 megawatts K-2 nuclear power plant

By Staff Reporter
Saturday – May 22, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan inaugurated, the second nuclear reactor near the coast of Karachi, the K-2 nuclear power plant, on Friday, to increase the electricity generation by 1,100 megawatts (MW); with the addition of K-2 nuclear power plant the total operational nuclear power reactors in the country totals six.

According to a press release, the premier attended the inauguration ceremony as the chief guest in the federal capital.

The four other nuclear power plants, C-1, C-2, C-3 and C-4, are operational in the vicinities of Chashma colony and Kundian in Punjab whereat C-1 and C-2 generates 325 MW each, C-3 and C-4 generates 340 MW each whereas the K-1, near the coast of Karachi, generates 137 MW of electricity.

The K-2 nuclear power plant is a state-of-the-art generation III nuclear power plant equipped with state-of-the-art safety and security arrangements.

This includes internal and external security and accident prevention, as well as state-of-the-art emergency prevention and response capabilities.

The operational period of K-2 plant is 60 years which can be extended for another 20 years. The availability factor of this plant and the capacity factor is better while the fuel consumption is longer.

The construction of the plant began in November 2013, and with formal approval from the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA), the installation of nuclear fuel began on December 1, 2020.

The technical inspection, which included various tests, was carried out at the end of February and after the physical tests of the plant on March 18, 2021, it was connected to the national grid to gradually increase power generation.

All 6 nuclear power plants are operating under the management of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).

The K-3 nuclear power plant with the same production capacity is also in the final stages of installation.

It is expected to generate electricity early next year after going through the commissioning process.

The clean, reliable and affordable power generation will bring economic benefits to the country.