Nuclear reactors to produce 8,800MW of power by 2030

January 25, 2013 - 12:00:00 am

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) envisages generating 8,800 megawatts (MW) by 2030 through nuclear power reactors.

Two nuclear power plants, 340MW each, were under construction at Chashma and are expected to be put into operation by 2016 with Chinese assistance.

The construction of the aforementioned power plants became possible after a long-standing agreement, while three other nuclear reactors in commission were performing well.

“An amount of Rs34.6bn has been set aside for the Chashma nuclear power plants C3 and C4. The cost of both projects is Rs190bn, which will be partially funded by a Rs136bn Chinese loan.” The government had so far spent Rs62.4bn on the project, which is capable of producing 660MW. With the Rs34.6bn additional spending, the government will be able to complete almost half the work by June 2013.