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Prioritising N-energy termed reliable to meet future load needs

Muhammad Saleh Zaafir
Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The energy experts of high statures have reminded that prioritising nuclear energy in the power generation capacity expansion plans is the safe way for reliably meeting the future load requirements.

The views have been expressed in a webinar on ‘Pakistan’s Energy Security & Role of Nuclear Technology’ under the auspices of the Strategic Vision Institute’s (SVI) here on Tuesday. Adviser to the National Command Authority (NCA) on Nuclear Power Dr Ansar Pervez, while speaking at the webinar, said that nuclear energy should continue to play an important role in the country’s energy mix as it is cheap, reliable, and has a higher productive capacity factor. Dr Pervez suggested increasing the share of nuclear energy in the energy mix from the current 8% to at least 20%.

His contention was that nuclear plants, unlike most of the other generation sources, are baseload plants, which produce electricity at a constant rate for meeting the continuous demand. Another expert Dr Zafar Ali said Pakistan accords utmost importance to nuclear security 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 material and other radioactive materials and associated activities. Former Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Pervez Butt chaired the session.