The Unit-2 of Karachi Nuclear power plant (K-2) achieved criticality on the 1st of March: a major milestone for the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC). The 1,100MW NPP will go through certain safety tests and procedures before it is joined to the national grid by the end of March. K-2 is the first Nuclear power plant in the country with a generation capacity of over 1000MWs.
K-2 is one of the two similar under-construction NPPs located near Karachi and will be inaugurated for commercial operation by the end of May this year, while the other one K-3 is also in completion phase and expected to be in operational in 2022. PAEC was previously running five Nuclear power plant with a collective generation capacity of nearly 1400MWs.
In another news, The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) pledges to add 9,000MW of low-cost hydel power to the national grid by completing seven mega hydropower projects by December 2028. The addition of these plants should increase the share of cleaner and cheaper power generation in the country’s energy mix. Link to the news: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/798943-k-2-nuclear-power-plant-to-be-added-to-national-grid