Islamabad: The Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) on Saturday hailed the inauguration of Unit 2 (K-2) of the Karachi nuclear power plant as a major step towards achieving sustainable energy goals and strengthening the energy security.
The CISS, the think tank specializing in nuclear issues, has highlighted the need to build additional nuclear reactors to help meet its growing energy demand while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change through to the production of low-carbon electricity.
Pakistan is one of the countries in the region most vulnerable to climate change. Climate change, it is feared, could have a huge impact on Pakistan’s water supply and hence the country’s energy supply, as 34% of electricity production is based on hydropower.
The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, recalled the think tank, in his message on the occasion of the inauguration of the K-2, had appreciated the constant progress of Pakistan towards climate change. and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He also stressed that the nuclear option is a clean source of energy and the main one in reducing climate change.
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Chairman Muhammad Naeem, while echoing this sentiment during the ISSC webinar titled “Sustainable Development Through Nuclear and Space Technologies in Pakistan,” said nuclear power is safe to operate and that the K-2 inauguration is an important step in Pakistan’s quest to increase the share of clean nuclear power in the national and global mix. He announced that another 1,100 MW power plant will become operational in the next 8 to 10 months. The K-2 and K-3 power plants will provide 2200 MW of uninterrupted and clean electricity to the national grid for the next 80 years.
Minister Mir Shabbir Ali Bijarani recognized the contribution of nuclear energy to the socio-economic development of Sindh and Karachi as a metropolitan city and economic hub. Bijrani said the inauguration of KANUPP was a milestone in the country’s energy security.
The President of SUPARCO, Major General Amer Nadeem, highlighted the positive and beneficial impact of space activities on the daily life and well-being of people. To contribute to the global sustainable development goals, SUPARCO uses space technology and its applications with full commitment.
Wang Yong Fu, director of China Zhongyuan Engineering Corporation (CZEC), provided technical support from China to Pakistan for projects related to nuclear energy and related peaceful application sectors.
The Executive Director of the ISSC, Ambassador Naqvi, underlined the growing role of the peaceful use of nuclear and space capabilities in the pursuit of socio-economic development.
Former PAEC President Dr Ansar Parvez argued that the peaceful application of nuclear technology in Pakistan is helping to pursue the United Nations SDGs. The benefits of nuclear technology extend to different fields, including medicine, health, agriculture, industry, water resources management and power generation.
Other speakers reaffirmed that in order to keep pace with technological advancement in the world, the effective use of nuclear and space technologies is crucial for national development.