Nuclear power programme in Pakistan
The Nuclear power programme in Pakistan started with the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant, also known as KANUPP, inaugurated November 28, 1972. Pakistan is the first Muslim country in the world to construct and operate civil nuclear power plants.
Nuclear Power Programme 2050
The Nuclear Power Programme 2050 is the official nuclear energy policy of the Government of Pakistan to make usage of nuclear power to meet the existing electricity crises and to respond to the future requirements of a growing population and national economy. The program is envisaged to increase energy production from nuclear sources by the year of 2050. As part of the energy security strategy, the enactment of the program is aim to expand the self-sustaining nuclear power infrastructure all over the country by year 2050. It came in a strong response to U.S-India nuclear deal, as well as to counter the existing energy shortfalls and future requirements of a growing population and national economy. The primary focus of this program is to promote scientific and socio-economic development of the people as a "foremost priority."
The policy was first stated by the former Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani during in the meeting of Nuclear Command Authority; at this meeting, the program was approved by Prime minister Gillani on 14 July 2011. This includes to regulate the nuclear facilities, waste storage, along with an increase in power plant building. Both legislative, military and bureaucratic regulations of nuclear energy in Pakistan have been shaped by the scientific research and the public opinion. The governmental nuclear regulatory authorities in Pakistan has projected to produce 4345 MW electricity from nuclear sources in 2022; and 8800 MW electricity by 2030.
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