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Prime Minister launches construction of controversial nuclear plants

Monday, August 24, 2015

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday august 20th, 2015 held a ceremony for two controversial Chinese nuclear plants in Karachi which are set to add 1,100 MW to the energy starved country's electric grid. Nawaz Sharif said, two new nuclear plants, K2 and K3 will be built near Kanupp which was built 43 years ago. He further said that it is our top priority to end load shedding.

The government however insists the plant is subject to safeguards by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday noting the excellent co-operation between Pakistan and China in peaceful use of nuclear energy said it would help the country meet its energy shortfall. The event was attended by Governor, Chief Minister Sindh, and Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif. He said the event was significant as it showed the close collaboration between Pakistan and China in all areas, particularly in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Prime Minister said he was grateful to China’s Atomic Energy Authority, Export Import Bank of China and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) for its support to Pakistan. The Prime Minister along with the governor, chief minister and others launched the concrete pouring of the plant. Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Mohammad Naeen said KANUPP was under the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards and meets all international safety requirements for nuclear power plants.

He said the government was working under the Vision 2050 to add 40,000MW of electricity to the national grid.

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