Chashma Nuclear Power Complex

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Chashma Nuclear Power Complex
Chashma Nuclear Power Complex is located in Pakistan
Chashma Nuclear Power Complex
Location of Chashma Nuclear Power Complex in Pakistan
Country Pakistan
Location Chashma, Punjab
Coordinates 32°23′25″N 71°27′45″E / 32.39028°N 71.46250°E / 32.39028; 71.46250Coordinates: 32°23′25″N 71°27′45″E / 32.39028°N 71.46250°E / 32.39028; 71.46250
Status Operational
Commission date Unit 1: 6 June 2000
Unit 2: 27 January 2011
Unit 3: 8 June 2016
Unit 4: 6 March 2017
Operator(s) Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
Nuclear power station
Reactor type Low Enriched Uranium
Very high temperature reactor (VHTR)
Pressurised light water reactor (PWR)
Reactor supplier Sino-Pak Nuclear Technology Consortium (SPNTC)
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
Power generation
Units operational 2 x 300 MW
Units under const. 2 x 340 MW
Units planned 2,800 MW total
(5 reactors)

The Chashma Nuclear Power Complex near Chashma city,MIANWALI District, Punjab, Pakistan, is a commercial nuclear power generation complex, consisting of Chashma Nuclear Power Plant-I (CHASNUPP-I) and Chashma Nuclear Power Plant-II (CHASNUPP-II), with CHASNUPP-III and CHASNUPP-IV under construction. Chashma Nuclear Power Plant's reactors and other facilities are being built and operated by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission with Chinese support under the approval and guidelines of International Atomic Energy Agency .

The IAEA as well as the United States Department of Energy recognise the urgency of Pakistan's energy needs, which are expected to grow seven to eight times by 2030.

In November 2006, The International Atomic Energy Agency approved an agreement with the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission for new nuclear power plants to be built in the country with Chinese assistance. The 35-member Board of Governors of the IAEA unanimously approved the safeguards agreement for any future Nuclear Power Plants that Pakistan will be constructing.[1][2]

Chashma Nuclear Power Plant I[edit]

The 325 MW Chashma Nuclear Power Plant I is a pressurised water reactor that began commercial operation in May 2000.[3] It is located at Kundian, Punjab, Pakistan.

Chashma Nuclear Power Plant II[edit]

The 340 MW Chashma Nuclear Power Plant II, like CHASNUPP-I, is part of the Chashma Nuclear Power Complex in the northwestern region of the Thal Doab. The site is located south of Mianwali, near the Chashma Barrage and on the left bank of the Indus River.

The 340 MW Chashma Nuclear Power Plant II was officially inaugurated on 10 May 2011 by former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.[3][4]

Chashma Nuclear Power Plant III and IV[edit]

On 28 April 2009 a general engineering and design contract for CHASNUPP-3 and CHASNUPP-4 was signed with Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute (SNERDI). The units will both have generation capacity of 340 MW and a design life of 40 years.

On 6 March 2013 the dome of the third reactor was lifted into place. Construction is planned to be completed in 2016 for No. III, and in 2017 for No. IV.[5]

Chashma Nuclear Power Plant V[edit]

On March 2013, Pakistan and China agreed to build an ACP 1000 MW CHASNUPP-5 at Chashma Nuclear Power Complex.[6]

Nuclear Engineering Training centre[edit]

The complex has its own training establishment, known as CHASCENT (CHASNUPP Center of Nuclear Training). CHASCENT houses a Full Scope Training Simulator (FSTS) for CHASNUPP-1 and a similar facility for CHASNUPP-2 is under construction. The simulator is used for providing training to the nuclear power plant operators. Apart from training nuclear plant operators the centre offers various engineering programs at diploma and degree levels. The centre is currently in a phase of expansion to cater to an ever-increasing demand for quality technicians and engineers within PAEC.

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