Nuclear plants will add 8800MW electricity by 2030

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) is making tremendously progress to meet the target set by the government to produce 8800 MW of electricity through nuclear plants by 2030 to help resolve the electricity crisis faced by the country.

Chairman of the PAEC, Mr. Mohammad Naeem, revealed this while speaking as chief guest at the ‘14th Convocation of PAEC HRD Institute, Karachi Institute of Power Engineering (KINPOE), adjacent to the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) in mid-April.

“The PAEC has been striving hard to enhance its role in power generation, as the country is facing power shortage,” he said, lauding he efforts of the graduates for dedicated studies for getting the Master Degree in Power Engineering from the highly-reputed institute of the PAEC which is affiliated with country‘s top ranking engineering university PIEAS.

He said that in addition to the power sectors, the PAEC had also been contributing to the socioeconomic sectors of the country especially in health and agriculture sectors. He said the PAEC had established 18 Atomic Energy Cancer Hospitals in different cities to provide state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapeutic facilities to nearby areas.

“Around 850,000 patients are benefiting from these hospitals every year and that is roughly 80% of the total cancer patients in the country,” he said, adding that PAEC had established four agriculture research centers, namely, NIA at Tando Jam. NIBGE and NIAB at Faisalabad and NIFA in Peshawar. These centers produce disease resistant crop varieties including wheat, rice, lentils and cotton etc. Around 96 new crop varieties have been introduced to date which are making a significant contribution towards the betterment of agriculture sector in the country.

The PAEC chairman conferred MS degrees in Nuclear Power Engineering (NPE) to KINPOE graduates along with medals and merit certificates to the position holders. He congratulated all graduating students and hoped that they would play their due role in the country’s development.

As many as 119 graduates received their degrees of Master of Science in Nuclear Power Engineering.

Rector PIEAS, Dr. Nasir Majeed Mirza and Director KINPOE Asif Rajput informed the audience about these human resource development institutes run under the aegis of PAEC.