KARACHI - Pakistan will have two nuclear power plants ready in next three years, it has been revealed.
The 1,100MW Karachi Nuclear Power Complex-II (KANUPP-2) will come online in December 2020 followed by 1,100MW KANUPP-3 in October 2021, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Muhammad Naeem said.
Pakistan plans to generate 8,800MW nuclear energy by 2030,” he said, speaking at a seminar titled “Energy Security Policy: Thinking Beyond the Norm” organised by the Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) on Monday.
Naeem informed that both the plants had a workable life of 60 years, which could be extended to 80 years. “Nuclear power plants are reliable having high availability and capacity factor, relatively environment friendly, and provide sustainability of electricity price having low share of fuel cost,” he added. The share of nuclear energy in Pakistan’s generation mix stands at 6.0 percent producing power at an average cost of Rs9.13/kWh.