Unit 4 of the Chashma nuclear power plant in Pakistan has passed its final official acceptance, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said.
CNNC set up video sub-venues at China Zhongyuan Engineering Co's headquarters in Beijing and at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) headquarters in Islamabad to enable their participation in the acceptance ceremony.
Chashma 4 is China's fourth overseas nuclear power unit, and is the second of two CNP-300 pressurised water reactor (PWR) units to enter service at the site. Chashma 3 began commercial operation in December 2016. Units 1&2 began operation in 2000 and 2011, respectively.
CNNC President Gu Jun said China and Pakistan have maintained a strong partnership in the nuclear power sector since signing an agreement in 1986 to facilitate the transfer of civil nuclear technology. "CNNC will, as always, assist Pakistan in the operation and maintenance of its plants, provide full-life and full-service services, and commit to providing clean, efficient and safe energy to the Pakistani people," he said.
China is also building two 1161MWe Hualong One (HPR1000) reactors as units 2 and 3 of the Karachi NPP, which are scheduled for commercial operation in 2021 and 2022. Construction of Karachi 2 began in 2015 and Karachi 3 in 2016. Hot testing was completed at Karachi 2 in September.
A cooperation agreement was also signed in 2017 for the construction of a Hualong One reactor as unit 5 of the Chashma plant.
Photo: Chasma nuclear power plant in Pakistan (Photo: CNNC)