Third Chinese Built Nuclear Plant in Pakistan Connected to National Grid
The third Chinese built nuclear power plant at Chashma Pakistan has been connected with the national Grid. This Nuclear plant is a part of the wider plan to resolve the longstanding power crisis in the country.
The facility is located at Chashma, a town in the central province of Punjab, where China has constructed two other nuclear reactors, known as Chashma-1 and Chashma-2. They went into operation in 2000 and 2011 respectively, supplying 600 megawatts of electricity to the grid.
According to a spokesperson from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), the plant has been operationalized on trial basis and has an installed capacity 340 megawatts.
“After performing various safety and functional tests, the plant will attain full power in first fortnight of December 2016,” The spokesperson told.
Pakistan and china are also building two other plants in Karachi at a cost of around $10 billion and scheduled to be completed by 2021. The combined capacity of the projects is around 2,200 megawatts. According to the understanding, China will also provide the enriched uranium for fuel. Under the agreement, Beijing will also provide enriched uranium for fuel.