Operating licence granted for Karachi 3

7 June 2023

The Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) has granted an operating licence for unit 3 of Pakistan’s Karachi NPP (K-3) in accordance with regulations PAK/909 and following a demonstration of safe operation of the plant. The licensing process included a review of licensing submissions, inspections during initial fuel loading, initial criticality, low power and power ascension tests, and operation at full power.

K-3 is a 1100 MWe Chinese designed (Hualong One) pressurized water reactor (PWR) of 1100MW and is the second such unit to begin operating at the Karachi site. Unit 2 was granted a licence in June 2022. The site for K-3 was registered in May 2014 and a construction licence was awarded in November 2015. PNRA issued a Fuel Load Permit (FLP) to in December 2021 following completion of a Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) and other relevant documents. The application for an operating licence was submitted in October 2022.

PNRA performs regulatory oversight during all the stages of licensing process and throughout the active lifecycle, which plays a pivotal role in safe operation of nuclear power plants in Pakistan. It is important to highlight that all nuclear power plants in Pakistan are operating under continuous regulatory surveillance of PNRA.

Image: Karachi unit 3 (courtesy of CNNC)

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