Pakistan embarks on nuclear ramp up with Chinese help

Plans to increase Pakistan’s nuclear capacity from 700 MW today to 8,000 MW by 2025 are moving forward, as the country’s nuclear commission green lights construction on a new plant near Karachi to be built with Chinese help, Kyodo news service reports.

A government official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed that the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has given its blessing on construction of a second plant near Karachi, a 1,000 MW facility to be called KANUPP-2. The new plant will be located near the 137 MW KANUPP-1 plant, which has been in operation since 1970.

The federal budget has reported allocated $60 million to purchase land for the facility. Total construction costs are expected to hit $9.6 billion.

Chinese involvement in the project represents a step in the country’s move to increase its footprint in the global nuclear market. The country has been rapidly scaling up its own nuclear sector over the past decade, using imported technology while developing indigenous designs.

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