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Quest for nuclear energy

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Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal
THE nuclear power generation is very efficient, environment friendly and economical source of energy. Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission is intelligently using nuclear technology for power generation to resolve the soaring energy deficiency in the country. It has been constructing new nuclear power plants with the assistance of China under the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.
Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbassi inaugurated country’s fifth nuclear power plant Chashma-4 on September 8, 2017. This plant is build with the assistance of China at the Chashma Nuclear complex, Mianwali. It is capable to add 340 MW of electricity in the national grid. The plant is operational on trial basis and will pass through various functional and safety related tests at full power. Notably, the Chashma Nuclear Power complex contains three operational Chinese origin power plants, i.e. C-1, C-2 and C-3. They have been successfully contributing to the national Grid with an excellent performance since 2000, 2011 and 2016, respectively. The three Chashma units collectively supply over 950 MW to the national grid with availability factors of around 99 percent.
The nuclear energy is a clean cum sustainable source of energy. United Nations has been encouraging and facilitating the development of nuclear power industry for the prosperity of less developed nations. On........

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