Nawaz Sharif inaugurated K-2 power project at Kanupp
20 August, 2015
KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday inaugurated the K-2 power project at the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (Kanupp) during his one-day visit to Karachi.
K-2 power plant, the largest in the country, will generate 1,100MW electricity upon completion.
Nawaz congratulated the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission on the timely start of concrete pouring of K-2 power plant, which will be built by the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).
Terming the occasion an "important day in Pakistan's history", the prime minister said the project was evidence of cooperation between Pakistan and China in the field of science and technology.
"The construction of K-2 and K-3 power plants will further strengthen the steadfast friendship between the two nations," Nawaz said.
The prime minister thanked the Chinese government, CNNC, and other Chinese organisations for their cooperation in the construction of nuclear power plants. The groundbreaking of K-2 and K-3 power plants was performed by the prime minister in November last year.
The World Nuclear Association had earlier estimated the cost of the new project at nearly $10 billion.
The project had been in the media spotlight for quite some time with representatives of civil society organisations raising a number of reservations over it, with the chief concern being the close proximity of the project to the city.
Upon his arrival to Karachi, the premier was received by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.
After the inauguration ceremony at Kanupp, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is currently chairing a high-level meeting of the apex committee to review the city’s law and order situation.
Also attending the meeting are Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, Rangers Director General (DG) Major Gen Bilal Akbar, Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar and other high level officials.
During the meeting, the prime minister was briefed the progress of ongoing Karachi operation, which was launched in September 2013 to free the city of criminals and people associated with terrorist outfits.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Ishratul Ibad also briefed the premier about the implementation of decisions taken by the apex committee with regards to Karachi operation.