Some Issues Associated with Pakistan's Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) W-51

Some Issues Associated with Pakistan's Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) W-51

Publication details

  • Tuesday | 29 Feb, 2000
  • Zia Mian
  • Working Papers
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Zia Mian, SDPI
2000

Summary

Pakistan's Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) is a 137 MWe (gross) Canadian designed and built CANDU reactor that is now three years away from the end of its 30 year design lifetime. It has a very poor record of electricity generation, marked by low availability and  frequent shutdowns, suggesting poor management of the plant by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC). Over the last decade a range of systems at the plant have been showing signs of ageing and obsolescence but PAEC insists on continuing to operate it. Rather than permanently shut down and decommission the reactor, PAEC has asked for and received support from Canada with a major effort to try to keep the reactor running for another decade. Given its record and its location, barely 20 km from the 10 million people who live in the rapidly growing coastal city of Karachi, the continued operation of KANUPP raises troubling questions.