Pakistan’s China-Built Nuclear Power Plant Starts Operation
Pakistan inaugurated its most significant nuclear power plant, producing electricity to address the energy shortage in the country. The project was launched earlier last week with $2.7 billion worth.
This is the second unit at the Karachi city nuclear power plant to use a Chinese-designed reactor financed by China.
The power plant capacity is 1,100 megawatts which will provide the cheapest energy in compare Fossil, Gas, Solar and other types of energy in the country, according to the official data. This project is in accordance with last year’s government announced that the country would wean itself off its dependence on fossil fuels.
Last week, Pakistan had the most prolonged nationwide power outage, which disturbed people’s everyday routines. This was the second time in less than three months that a national power failure happened across the country.
According to officials, this has happened amid the financial crisis in Pakistan, which has recorded an economic loss of around USD 1.2 billion. On the other hand, Prime Minister Sharif had previously ordered all federal departments to cut power consumption by 30%.
Therefore, whether it is nuclear, hydroelectric, or other renewable sources, Pakistan “badly needs” them, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who was speaking during a ceremony at the Karachi power plant.
While the new nuclear power plant would be a welcome addition to the national power grid, it will not decrease Pakistan’s reliance on expensive fossil fuel imports or solve the country’s energy deficit, as noted by experts.
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