Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has connected the much-awaited 1,100MW Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 (K-2) to the national grid.
In a statement, the PAEC termed it a ‘Pakistan Day’ gift to the nation. It said the nuclear power plant (NPP) had achieved criticality at the end of February and was undergoing certain safety tests and procedures before it could finally be connected to the national grid.
The loading of nuclear fuel onto the plant had started on December 1, 2020 after getting clearance from the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
Congratulating the nation over this achievement, Federal Energy Minister Omar Ayub Khan in his Twitter message informed that 105MW electricity was being obtained from the power plant.
By the Grace of Almighty Allah,
Nuclear Power Plant K-2 1145 MW synchronised successfully with the National Grid today
(18.03.2021) at 21:37 hrs.
Current Gross Generation is 105 MW.
— Omar Ayub Khan (@OmarAyubKhan) March 18, 2021
The PAEC pointed out that K-2 is the first nuclear power plant in Pakistan with a generation capacity of 1,100MW and its addition to the national grid will “surely help improve the economy of the country”.
It may be noted that K-2 is one of the two similar under-construction nuclear power plants located near Karachi and will be inaugurated for commercial operation by the end of May this year.