Pakistan and China sign $4.8 billion nuclear power plant deal

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Pakistan and China recently have signed a $4.8 billion deal to construct a 1,200-megawatt nuclear power plant.

An overview of the news

  • The investment by China, which Pakistan considers its most dependable ally, is viewed as a significant achievement.

  • The project, known as Chashma 5, will be located in the central province of Punjab.

  • The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between China National Nuclear Cooperation and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, marking the beginning of the project.

  • The Chashma 5 project will aid Pakistan in transitioning away from reliance on fossil fuels and contribute to its nuclear energy production capacity.

  • Pakistan's total nuclear energy production capacity reached 1,400 MW with the opening of the country's sixth nuclear power plant in Karachi, which was also constructed with Chinese assistance.

  • The investment is separate from the $65 billion that China has pledged for infrastructure development in Pakistan under the Belt and Road Initiative.

  • Chinese side has already disbursed an initial amount of 30 billion Pakistani rupees ($104.53 million) for project initiation.

Nuclear power plant in Pakistan 

  • The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commissionstates that the four existing Chashma power plants have a combined installed capacity of 1,330 megawatts.

  • Apart from the Chashma power plants, Pakistan also operates two other nuclear power plants known as Karachi Nuclear Power Plants (KANUPP) 2 and 3.

  • The Karachi Nuclear Power Plants have a substantial capacity of 2,290 megawatts, further enhancing Pakistan's nuclear energy generation capabilities.

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