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This photo shows construction work taking place on the K-2 and K-3 nuclear power plants. — Photo courtesy PAEC website

This photo shows construction work taking place on the K-2 and K-3 nuclear power plants. — Photo courtesy PAEC website

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) on Thursday announced that it had connected the much-awaited 1,100MW Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 (K-2) to the national grid.
In a statement, the PAEC termed it a ‘Pakistan Day’ gift to the nation. It said the nuclear power plant (NPP) had achieved criticality at the end of February and was undergoing certain safety tests and procedures before it could finally be connected to the national grid.
The loading of nuclear fuel onto the plant was started on December 1, 2020 after getting clearance from the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

The PAEC pointed out that K-2 is the first nuclear power plant in Pakistan with a generation capacity of 1,100MW and its addition to the national grid will “surely help improve the economy of the country”.

K-2 is one of the two similar under-construction nuclear power plants located near Karachi and will be inaugurated for commercial operation by the end of May this year.

The other one, K-3, is also in completion phase and is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

The PAEC is now running six NPPs in the country — two located in Karachi and four at Chashma in Mianwali district. Earlier, the collective generation capacity of all PAEC-operated nuclear power plants was around 1,400MW.
The coming online of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 will nearly double the generation capacity of nuclear power plants in the country, substantially improving the overall share of nuclear power in the energy mix.

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Muhammad Naeem congratulated Member Power Saeedur Rehman and his team on this great achievement.

 

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An Expensive one. Pakistan have zero research in this field we shouldn't depend on Chinese tech all the time Anyways Great news
I dont know enough about these things but Pakistan has nuclear capable warheads developed inhouse so claiming that pak has zero research is IMO not true. Then theres a program of development of a nuclear reactor for submarine. Pak might not have enough knowledge to develop a 1000MW inhouse reactor but still might develop a small 100MW reactor.
 

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you can use the reactor fuel for weapons right?
Not in this case. The spent fuel will be stored per IAEA safeguards from what I understand.

Separation of the civilian and military nuclear programs and complying with IAEA safeguards and best practices is necessary for Pakistan to continue making a case for NSG membership and have continued international cooperation in the civilian nuclear power sector.
An Expensive one. Pakistan have zero research in this field we shouldn't depend on Chinese tech all the time Anyways Great news
I believe even the Chinese reactor is based on a French design (with improvements).

Pakistan's limited resources have been directed into the nuclear weapons program.
 

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you can use the reactor fuel for weapons right?
no, as its under monitoring of IAEC
I dont know enough about these things but Pakistan has nuclear capable warheads developed inhouse so claiming that pak has zero research is IMO not true. Then theres a program of development of a nuclear reactor for submarine. Pak might not have enough knowledge to develop a 1000MW inhouse reactor but still might develop a small 100MW reactor.
u need a reactor to get fuel for weapons
ofocurse how good these will be is another question
 

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