Pakistan plans two major nuclear power reactors

Pakistan plans two major nuclear power reactors Though some parts of the world have opted to back away from nuclear power generation, the Indian subcontinent continues to see further investment in nuclear power plants.

The Press Trust of India reports that Pakistan plans to construct four new nuclear power reactors over the course of the next five years. The first set of nuclear power plants will each boast a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, while the latter two will generate 325 MW, for a combined added capacity of 2,700 megawatts. 

Ultimately, the country intends to increase nuclear power generation to 8,800 megawatts by 2030.
The new reactors will be added on to the existing Chashma nuclear power complex near the southern coastal city of Karachi, which currently operates two reactors with a combined capacity of 650 megawatts.

"Our objective is to increase the nuclear electricity share in the current electricity mix up to 6 percent from the existing 2 percent," said one official from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, according to The News.

Analyses of the Asian nuclear industry can be found at PennEnergy's Research area.

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