Pakistan has successfully operationalized its 4th nuclear power plant at Chashma today, that will add 340MW of energy to national power grid, revealed by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAES) to Associated Press Pakistan (AAP) on Sunday.

The new power plant — named as Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3 (C-3)  — will start working with full capacity from December this year. The power plant was constructed near Mianwali — besides Chashma I & II Nuclear Power Plants and is now officially connected to the national power grid.

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) issued the following statement while announcing the successful launch of 4th nuclear power plant:

“Congratulations to the nation that Pakistan’s 4th nuclear power plant Chashma unit-3(C-3) has been connected to the national grid.

After performing various safety and functional tests, the plant will attain full power in first fortnight of December 2016 and a formal inauguration ceremony of the full power grid connection will be held in December.”

A ceremony for connecting power plant to national grid was held at Chashma attended by PAEC and other officials. The official inauguration ceremony for the power plant is postponed till December when the plant reaches its full capacity of 340MW.

PAEC Chairman Muhammad Naeem, on achieving a historical milestone, congratulated the scientists, engineers and technicians of PAEC and reaffirmed that their continuous hard work will contribute significant in achieving all the targets set to ensure energy security for the country.

According to officials privy to Pakistan nuclear program, the next Chashma Nuclear Power Plant unit C-4 will become operational in the first half of 2017. Two larger capacity nuclear plants K-2 and K-3 near Karachi are under construction and will be completed in 2020 and 2021 respectively, adding 2000MW energy to national power grid.

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