ISLAMABAD: A fourth nuclear power plant at Chashma Unit-3 (C-3) with 340 Megawatt (MW) power generation capacity, was successfully connected to the national grid on Sunday, said the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).
“Congratulation to the nation that Pakistan’s fourth nuclear power plant Chashma Unit-3(C-3) has been connected to the national grid,” the PAEC sources said.
The officials explained, “After performing various safety and functional tests, the plant will attain full power in the first fortnight of December 2016 and a formal inauguration ceremony of the full power grid connection will be held in December.”
On achieving this milestone, the jubilant Chairman PAEC Muhammad Naeem said the scientists, engineers and technicians of PAEC are working hard to contribute to achieving all the targets set to ensure energy security for the country.
He hailed the support and assistance of Strategic Plans Division and the government to help achieve such huge targets under turbulent times.
Pakistan’s first nuclear power plant KANUPP in Karachi started working some 44 years ago while the other two nuclear power plants C-1 and C-2 at Chashma are already generating power with more than 90 per cent capacity factor.
These are few of the top performing power units among other power generating units in the country with a total supply of around 600 MW to the Pakistan’s power grid.
In addition to the aforementioned units, two large-capacity nuclear power plants K-2 and K-3 near Karachi will be completed in 2020 and 2021 respectively.