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Pakistan’s Third 330 MW Nuclear Power Plant Becomes Operational

Pakistan’s third nuclear electric power plant went operational Thursday,
pumping another 330 MW into the national grid in a bid to help meet
country’s growing energy demand and cut down the shortfall.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani inaugurated the Chashma Nuclear
Power Plant Unit-1 (CHASNUPP-2), located near Chashma Barrage on the
left bank of River Indus, 32 kilometres south of Mianwali city and, 280
kms south-west of Islamabad.

Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar, Acting Speaker National
Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission
Dr Ansar Parvez accompanied the Prime Minister. Chairman Joint Chiefs of
Staff Committee General Khalid Shamim Wyne, Lt Gen (R) Khalid Ahmed
Kidwai, Director General, Strategic Plans Division and Pakistan’s
ambassador to China Masood Khan were also present.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister termed the moment as a
proud day for Pakistan and its civil nuclear energy programme. He said
the completion of Chashma-2 three months ahead of the scheduled time was
a reward for the joint efforts of Chinese and Pakistani teams, the
benefits of which will go directly to the people of Pakistan.