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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pakistan’s third nuclear power plant becomes operational

Mianwali: Pakistan’s third nuclear electric power plant went operational Thursday, pumping another 330 MW into the national grid in a bid to help meet country’s growing energy demand and cut down the shortfall.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani inaugurated the Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-1 (CHASNUPP-2), located near Chashma Barrage on the left bank of River Indus, 32 kilometres south of Mianwali city and, 280 kms south-west of Islamabad.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister termed the moment as a proud day for Pakistan and its civil nuclear energy programme. He said the completion of Chashma-2 three months ahead of the scheduled time was a reward for the joint efforts of Chinese and Pakistani teams, the benefits of which will go directly to the people of Pakistan.
He regarded it yet another illustrious example of the Pakistan-China cooperation in the field of nuclear science and technology.
“Completion of this project takes to even greater heights the long and time-tested friendship between the two countries and their people,” he said.
Gilani lauded the CNNC and other Chinese teams and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission for their excellent planning and execution.
He assured that his government would strongly support the efforts of PAEC in developing the nuclear power programme of the country.
He said the government was fully conscious of the sufferings of the people and the adverse effects of electricity shortfall on industrial production and economic growth of the country.
“We are duty bound to make every effort to overcome the prevailing crisis by exploiting all the available sources and avenues of power generation in the shortest possible time,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the generation of additional 330 MW electricity would provide immediate relief to a section of consumers, adding that two more power plants C-3 and C-4 already under construction at this site would help in paving the way for PAEC to meet the government assigned target of 8800 MW by the Year 2030

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