New Projects, Nuclear

Pakistan eyes six sites for new nuclear plants

17 October 2006 — Pakistani authorities reportedly have selected six sites in the first phase to install 8,800 MW of nuclear power by 2030.

The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) selected the sites with the help of the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). According to news reports, the sites include (1) the Qadirabad-Bulloki link canal near Qadirabad headworks (2) the Dera Ghazi Khan canal near Taunsa Barrage (3) the Taunsa-Punjnad canal near Multan (4) the Nara canal near Sukkur (5) the Pat Feeder canal near Guddu and (6) the Kabul river near Nowshera.

At present the PAEC operates two nuclear power plants: the 137 MW Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) and the 325 MW Chashma Nuclear Power Plant-1. Another 325 MW ChashNuPP-2 is under construction with the help of China. It is expected to be connected to the national grid in 2011.