Pakistan-China nuke ties to solve energy problems

February 04, 2014 - 6:52:56 am
ISLAMABAD: Peaceful regional cooperation for use of nuclear energy between Pakistan and China is a symbol of unwavered and timeless friendship, which will play major role in fulfilling the objective to increase the share of nuclear electricity in the country.

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has set itself on the road to self-reliance by establishing applied academic institutes, training centres, design organisations, research facilities, testing labs and manufacturing workshops. To meet the national electricity needs, PAEC has been tasked by the government to install 8,800MW nuclear power capacity by the year 2030,Chairman PAEC Dr Ansar Parvez said.

“We are planning not only to accomplish the task but go on to install more than 42,000MW nuclear power capacity by 2050.” 

This is the Nuclear vision 2050 approved by the National Command Authority.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently performed ground breaking of Coastal Power project, two units, 1100MW each, on November 26, 2013. 

He said that he would be looking forward to laying a strong and solid foundation for Nuclear vision 2050.

Presently, the share of Nuclear energy in the power sector is 5-6 percent and expected to be increased by the operation of Chashma Nuclear Power C-3/C-4.

PAEC is well poised to operate and maintain future power plants. PAEC is now exploring new sites for nuclear power plants and negotiating with suppliers for equipment and for facilitation in indigenous design and project management.

Negotiations are continuing with China to proceed further and meet the target and the emphasis in these negotiations will be on design, safety, cost economics and increasing the level of indigenisation.