Nuclear plant completes decade of ‘good performance’
By Amin Ahmed
Friday, 22 Oct, 2010
ISLAMABAD, Oct 21: The first unit of Chashma nuclear power plant completed a decade of good performance on Thursday, enabling the government to approve new projects in the nuclear power sector to achieve the 8800MW target set by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.
At a commemorative ceremony held at Chashma it was said that CHASNUPP-1 had achieved a high capacity factor during 2009 and its capacity and availability factors after the sixth refuelling outage were 93 per cent and 98 per cent, respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, the Director-General of the Strategic Plans Division, Lt-General (retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, praised achievements of the plant and especially efforts by its personnel to indigenise the plant’s operation and maintenance.
He also praised the support given by China for the nuclear power programme of Pakistan.
The plant has been operating safely and six re-fuelling operations have been carried out so far. During the re-fuelling outages, inspections, maintenance, design modifications and periodic tests were carried out.
The Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) has kept the plant under continuous regulatory surveillance.
The plant is now in the process of conducting Periodic Safety Review as per regulatory requirement for renewal of operating licence after 10 years of operation.
The review is expected to be completed by December 2010.
Meanwhile, the civil construction, equipment manufacturing and installation of the Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 (C-2) has been completed, and the PNRA has given approval to the programme which was reviewed under the regulatory requirements and operating experience feedback from Unit-1.
The commissioning is now in progress and Unit-2 has submitted the final safety analysis report.
A review of the report is expected to be completed by November.
As part of a plan to build additional nuclear power projects to meet energy requirements, Pakistan has developed infrastructure for manufacturing components of nuclear installations including safety class 2 and 3 and non-safety class components for the projects.
The country’s present installed electricity generation capacity is 21,450MW. Nuclear power supplied by the PAEC and renewable energy play a relatively small role in supply at present since the share of nuclear power in the total generating capacity is 462MW which is merely 2.15 per cent of the total capacity.
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