Karachi: According to various reports, the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Unit-2 (K-2) will be formally inaugurated here on Friday at a virtual ceremony that will take place simultaneously in Islamabad, K-2 NPP Karachi, and Beijing, China.
The ceremony’s chief guest will be Prime Minister Imran Khan.
K-2 is a generation III, cutting-edge plant with enhanced safety technologies, including internal and external accident management capabilities as well as an enhanced emergency response capability.
The plant has a 60-year life expectancy, which can be extended by another 20 years. It has a longer refueling period and higher plant availability and capability factors.
After receiving approval from the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority, K-2’s construction began in November 2013, and fuel loading began on December 1, 2020. (PNRA).
Until reaching criticality at the end of February this year, a series of cold and hot functional commissioning tests related to plant activity and safety were performed.
According to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission records, the plant was connected to the national grid on March 18, 2021, for trial operation and power escalation tests after more reactor physics tests (PAEC).
With the start-up of K-2 NPP, PAEC will have six nuclear power plants in operation across the world. Two of them, Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-1 (K-1) and Unit-2 (K-2), are located in Karachi, while four are located in Chashma, District Mianwali, and are known as Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1-4.
Previously, all PAEC-operated NPPs had a combined generation power of about 1,400 Mega Watts. The start-up of K-2, with a capacity of 1100 MW, would nearly double these estimates, significantly increasing nuclear power’s overall share of the energy mix.
Meanwhile, Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-3 (K-3) was undergoing commissioning and was scheduled to begin production in the first quarter of 2022.
It’s worth noting that incorporating safe, dependable, and cost-effective nuclear power into the energy mix would be extremely beneficial to society and the country as a whole.