Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has performed the momentous groundbreaking of
the 1200 megawatts Chashma-5 nuclear power plant in Mianwali, signifying a
significant milestone in the enduring partnership between China and Pakistan.
In his address during the event, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif highlighted the
three-decade-long history of nuclear energy collaboration between the two
nations, describing it as a remarkable testament to their steadfast friendship. He
hailed this shared commitment to fostering clean, efficient, and economically
viable energy solutions as an extraordinary success, a beacon for emulation by
The Chashma-5 nuclear power project, with an estimated budget of 3.5 billion
dollars, is projected to reach completion within the next seven to eight years.
However, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif urged for accelerated efforts to shorten
this installation timeframe, recognizing the substantial benefits it would bestow
upon the people of Pakistan. He expressed profound gratitude to China for their
generous discount of thirty billion rupees, a gesture deeply appreciated by the
Pakistani government and its people.
Ms Pang Chunxue, the Charge D’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy, while speaking
at the occasion emphasized the transformative impact of the Chashma-5 nuclear
power plant. The project is poised to generate over ten thousand employment
opportunities locally and stimulate a substantial influx of raw materials,
equipment, and ancillary services, igniting a veritable engine of socio-economic
development within the region.
Raja Ali Raza Anwar, Chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Cooperation, hailed the
Chashma-5 project as a momentous stride toward the envisioned goal of
generating 8800 megawatts of pristine nuclear energy. He underscored that
besides augmenting Pakistan’s nuclear power technology proficiency, the project
will have a profound impact on numerous sectors of socio-economic up lift.