Pakistan Opens New Nuclear Plant Built with Help of China (Download PDF)


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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has inaugurated a nuclear power facility built with the assistance of China in Islamabad. The three power plants at Chashma are known as C-1, C-2 and C-3 respectively. The government plans to increase the power production by about 60 percent.

Image of PM Nawaz, Pakistan

Image of PM Nawaz, Pakistan

Image of PM Nawaz, Pakistan


  • Completion of C-3 as another milestone towards the journey to eliminate the menace of load shedding from the country
  • The project is reflective of closer cooperation between Pakistan and China in science and technology.
  • Chashma two and three power plants are the most efficient plants in the country, providing more than 600 MW of electricity to the national grid.
  • It is Referring to the generation target of 8800 MW of nuclear energy by 2030
  • Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) to take all possible measures to strengthen safety of existing and future power plants as per international standards.
  • China is the only country helping Pakistan build nuclear power plants.

About Chashma Nuclear Power Plant

  • Official name: Chashma Nuclear Power Complex
  • Country: Pakistan
  • Location: Chashma, Kundian, Punjab
  • Reactor type: PWR
  • Units operational: 2 x 325 MW
  • Units Inaugurated Currently: 1 x 340 MW
  • Units under construction: 1 x 340 MW
Chashma Nuclear Power Plant

Chashma Nuclear Power Plant

Chashma Nuclear Power Plant

Units in Details

  • Unit 1: The 325 MW unit 1 (CHASNUPP-I) is a pressurised water reactor that began commercial operation in May 2000. It is located at Kundian, Punjab, Pakistan.
  • Unit 2: The 325 MW unit 2, (CHASNUPP-II) is like CHASNUPP-I. Unit 2 was officially inaugurated on 10 May 2011 by former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
  • Unit 3: The 340 MW Unit 3 (CHASNUPP-3) was officially inaugurated on 28 December 2016 by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The reactor type is CNP-300.
  • Unit 4: Construction is planned to be completed in April 2017.
  • Unit 5: On March 2013, Pakistan and China agreed to build a fifth unit (CHASNUPP-5). It will be an ACP-1000.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 1, 2017


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