Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the government is committed to achieve the goal of adding 8800 megawatt of nuclear energy to the national grid by 2030.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Chashma-4 nuclear power plant having capacity of 340MW in Mianwali on Friday.
The Prime Minister said overcoming the energy crisis and an end to load-shedding remains top priority of the government.
He said the energy projects of more than 10,000 MW by the PML-N government have helped overcome load-shedding and the government will be able to end it by November this year.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the nuclear power plants in the country have contributed immensely in provision of cheap electricity.
The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) is pursuing its vision of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and set to achieve another milestone with the operation of Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-4 (C-4).
The plant would be operational on trial basis and pass through various functional and safety related tests at full power.
With tremendous efforts of PAEC and Chinese friends, the nuclear power plant C-4 would become operational and connected to the country’s power grid.
The Chashma nuclear power projects units, C-1, C-2 and C-3 have been successfully contributing to the national grid with an excellent performance since 2000, 2011 and 2016 respectively.
The three nuclear power plants of Chinese origin are the best performing power stations in the country, supplying over 950 MW to the national grid with availability factors of around 99%.
Currently, country’s four nuclear power plants KANUPP, C-1, C-2 and C-3 are operational and generating a total of 1,030 MW of power whereas with the inauguration of C-4 Chashma plant, the power supply would be further enhanced.
Two large sized nuclear power plants, K-2 and K-3 are under construction near Karachi and are scheduled to be operational in 2020 and 2021 respectively, adding another 2,200 MW to the national grid.