Pakistan to build more Nuclear Power Plants: Dr. Ishfaq

(24-11-1999) CHASHMA, (MIANWALI) Nov 24 (APP): Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad said Pakistan will opt for more Nuclear Power Plants aimed at meeting the demand of electricity of the country. He said this while addressing a function when Chashma Nuclear Power Plant (CHASHNUPP) having a capacity of 300MWe went nuclear here on Nov. 23 following its first fuel assembly out of 121 assemblies was loaded by him. The remained 120-fuel assemblies load will be completed with in couple of days aimed at generating 300 MW from the last week of March 2000. The generation of this 300 MW will help to overcome the electricity load shedding especially in winter when water level goes down in Tarbela and Mangla dams unprecedentedly. The ceremony of fuel loading was attended by a large number of Scientists and Engineers of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and Chinese company CZNS which is a main contractor of this gigantic nuclear power project. He said this plant was made a safest plant adopting international safety measures recommended and approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Chairman said Pakistan and China have been cooperating in peaceful uses of nuclear power since 1986 and the decision to build a nuclear power plant was taken in 1989 when the prime ministers of the two friendly countries agreed and contractual negotiations were settled in a short period of two years. Ultimately the contract to build Chashma Nuclear Power Plant was signed on December 31, 1991.