Sino-Pak collaborated Chashma-III inaugurated by PM

Chashma: In another millstone in the Pak-China joint collaborations Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the Chashma-III nuclear power plant on Wednesday that will add 340 megawatt electricity to national grid. The Prime Minister performed the inauguration by unveiling a plaque at a special ceremony held here at the Plant. Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif and PM’s Adviser Sartaj Aziz, Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Muhammad Naeem and officials of China National Nuclear Corporation were present. Earlier at the Control Room, the Prime Minister was briefed by the Plant Manager Riaz Khaliq Ansari. The Prime Minister was apprised that this was the third project after successful operation of Chashma-I and Chashma-II projects, which were fully operational and producing 325 and 340 MW respectively.

PM Nawaz Sharif said ending load shedding was the government’s top priority and termed completion of Chashma-III nuclear power plant another milestone achieved towards zero-loadshedding. “The commitment to get rid the nation of electricity load shedding by 2018 will be fulfilled Inshallah, for which I am personally overseeing the power projects.” He felicitated the nation on completion of the project, which besides adding 340 megawatts electricity to national grid would also contribute to development of the region.

Chashma-IV Nuclear Power Project to be completed in 2017 and Karachi Nuclear Power Projects K-2 and K-3 will add a total of 8,800 MW electricity to the National Grid by 2030 as Mid-Term target for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. All Nuclear Power Projects, including Chashma-III have been approved by Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority for Nuclear Safeguards as per International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreements thereby maintaining highest safety standards. The project will provide clean and affordable energy to the people of Pakistan in line with the present Government vision to control energy crisis. The project will also contribute to the overall economic development of the country through energy supply to industrial and commercial sectors.

Nawaz Sharif said the government would fulfill needs of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) in its projects and also thanked China Atomic Energy Commission, China National Nuclear Commission and Exim Bank for providing financial and technical support. He invited the Chinese companies to invest in Pakistan’s power sector and assured them of the government’s fullest assistance. He said Pakistan and China being close friends were collaborating in diverse areas, mainly China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and infrastructure projects. The prime minister mentioned that the government with Chinese assistance was building highways in Balochistan, constructing modern airport in Gwadar and upgrading railways system.

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