Nuclear power must be prioritized as a reliable source of energy

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A leading energy specialist called for prioritizing nuclear power in plans to expand power generation capacity to reliably meet future load requirements.

National Nuclear Power Command Authority Advisor Dr Ansar Parvez speaking at the Strategic Vision Institute (SVI) webinar on “Pakistan’s energy security and the role of nuclear technology” , said nuclear power should continue to play an important role in the country’s energy. because it is cheap, reliable and has a higher production capacity factor, the think tank said in a statement on Tuesday.

Dr Parvez suggested increasing the share of nuclear power in the energy mix from the current 8% to at least 20%.

His claim was that nuclear power plants, unlike most other sources of generation, are base plants, which generate electricity at a constant rate to meet continuous demand. “Once 20% of your capacity is in secure baseload, you can build as many solar, wind and hydro plants,” he argued.

Pakistan currently has an installed nuclear capacity of 2,490 MW, which would increase next year to 3,635 MW with the addition of 1,145 MW of K-3 plant. No further growth in this capacity is expected by 2030, as no further nuclear power plants are currently under construction.

Dr Parvez underlined the importance of energy planning saying that it has a direct impact on economic security, environmental security and national security.

Another expert, Dr Zafar Ali, said Pakistan attaches the utmost importance to nuclear safety and technology regulations as a national responsibility. Over the years, he said, Pakistan has established a comprehensive and effective national nuclear regulatory regime, which covers nuclear and other radioactive material and associated activities.

He said regulatory provisions while preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction should not hinder international cooperation in the peaceful uses of technology.


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