KARACHI: On Thursday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated the third unit of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUP), known as K-3.
The unit is expected to produce 1,100 megawatts of electricity, and the project was completed with the help of China.
During his address, the prime minister praised the cooperation between Pakistan and China and acknowledged the scientists and workers who contributed to the project.
He also stressed the need for alternative and cheaper sources of energy in light of Pakistan’s $27 billion energy import bill.
The prime minister expressed regret that Pakistan’s hydel power generation was only at 10,000 megawatts despite having the potential to produce 60,000 megawatts.
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi, emphasized the importance of using nuclear energy safely as Pakistan faces challenges posed by climate change.
The Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Raja Ali Raza Anwar, stated that the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority had declared KANUP as a high-powered facility with a production capacity of 27.15 percent.
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