The reactor pressure vessel has been installed at Karachi-2 (Pakistan)

13 Oct 2017

The reactor pressure vessel (RPV) have been installed at the Karachi Coastal Nuclear Power Plant second unit (Karachi-2), which is now under construction at Paradise Point in Sindh province (Pakistan). The first steam generator has been installed back in September 2017 and all of the main reactor components, namely the RPV and the three steam generators, are now in place.

The first unit broke ground in 2013 while the second and third units entered the construction phase in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Commercial operation is expected for 2021 and 2022. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and China Nuclear Engineering and Construction Corporation (CNEC) have been selected to build the project on a turnkey basis. The initial investment was estimated at PKR959bn (US$9.6bn).

The facility includes two 1,100 MW Chinese-designed ACP-1000 units (Hualong One pressurised water reactors or PWR). Pakistan's Karachi Coastal Nuclear Power Plant is the first export of the Hualong One units outside China.

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