Further than CPEC Projects, Pakistan and China have announced another venture. On Friday, 21 May 2021, prime minister Imran Khan Inaugurated a new nuclear power plant in Pakistan with the collaboration of China. It will generate 1,100 MV of electricity.
Prime Minister Imran Khan virtually inaugurated the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 on Friday. The new nuclear project in the city was launched on the 70th anniversary of the Pakistan-China friendship. It will generate 1,100 MW of electricity. #Karachi https://t.co/vMEBPgTd0X
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It is the first foreign nuclear power plant to use China’s Hualong One reactor, China’s domestically designed third-generation reactor. According to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Karachi nuclear power plant (KANUPP) Unit K-2 has been successfully connected to Pakistan’s national electricity transmission grid since March 18, 2021. Affordable, reliable, and clean electricity would be also available, helping to meet rising electricity demand.
On 2 December 2020, the loading of the nuclear fuel started with the clearance from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority. The criticality operation was successfully commenced on 3 March 2020. On 20 March 2021, the K2 accompanies the nation’s electricity grid system, with PAEC terming the operation as a “Pakistan Day gift” to the nation.
How Many Nuclear Power Plants are there in Pakistan?
There are five nuclear power plants in Pakistan that are in working whereas further two other power plants are under construction. The most recent New nuclear power plant is Karachi Nuclear Power Complex’s KANUPP-2. It works with a capacity of 1.1 gig watts and power by a Generation III+ HPR-1000. Karachi nuclear power plant is located at paradise point of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. This new nuclear power plant is a large commercial.
The Karachi nuclear power plant is based on 3 nuclear power plants. Three Karachi nuclear power plant is known by the name of k-1, k-2, and k-3. The K-1 station became set in 1972, and on May 21, 2021, K-2 with a capacity of 1100 Megawatts was set. Construction efforts are underway for the commissioning of the K-3 unit with an expected start date of 2022. A contribution from Canada led to the commissioning of K-1, whereas for k-2 and k-3, China and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) contributed material and financial support.
Effect of Nuclear Power Plant on the Climate Change
Pakistan is one of the ten countries most affected by climate change. The speech of Imran Khan at the UN meeting in 2019 clearly raised this issue in front of the world. Hence, the Karachi nuclear power plant 2 doesn’t require fuel, coal, or natural gas to produce electricity, and its emissions are not radiation, but steam. This project meets the strictest safety standard in the world.
In the next 60 years, the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant will provide approximately ten percent of Pakistan’s total power generation. It is expecting that it will generate 14.2 billion kWh of electricity from fuel that is made in Pakistan and get soon the price of electricity will be low, as the technologies will get highly develop. Suggestions of the energy transition by Bill Gates can never be ignored at this level.
Due to this power plant electricity will produce in a large amount and the electricity which is producing through its is very clean and reliable. Dissimilar, to the Solar system and wind energy. This system is not capable to produce electricity for 24 hours but the nuclear power plant produces continuously 24 hours of electricity and this electricity is not harmful. The nuclear power plant does not affect our climate or the atmosphere, which is a huge advantage for us. Due to this our environment will be clean and we will be safe from all the diseases.
Nuclear power plants are a type of power plant that uses the process of nuclear fission in order to generate electricity. Nowadays the power plant is very necessary for Pakistan to supply a huge amount of electricity in an under million or billion. Electricity is the main source of our life. Among Muslim majority countries, Pakistan is the first to build and operate civil nuclear power plants.