More Nuclear Power for Karachi

According to Daily Times, Pakistan would have 8 more nuclear power plants by the year 2030, with a total capacity of 1,000 MW each, total 8GW.

According to The World Nuclear Association, Pakisan currently has a total installed nuclear power capacity has 425MW, which accounts for only 2.4% of the total power production in the country, which is just over 19.5GW. Karachi has an installed capacity of 125MW, out of which less than 30MW are functionally produced. Some reports in the 90’s cited Kannupp lowest in its production vs. installed capacity ratings, which hit 20% at one time.

Clearly an increase of just 50% of existing capacity does not make much sense over a 23 year plan, unless we plan to increase our dependence on other sources as well. Karachi is already massively short of energy and with its one nuclear power plant, that too operating at highly reduced capacity, it is time to put Kannupp 2 into action. Something we have been hearing about. According to unconfirmed sources, Karachi is currently short of about 600MW, which in itself means 8GW, nationwide, over 23 years will never be enough!

This year, the power situation during summer in Karachi is expected to be worse than last year. Fasten your seatbelts!

(1000MW = 1GW)

11 Comments so far

  1. jis_desh_mein_dunga_rehta_hai (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

    Going for nuclear power without exploiting each and every hydal and other natural resource first will be a financial suicide.Costs involved rarely justify the output returns.Karachi has good wind and tidal energy potential.No matter what the energy barrons say about the feasibility and environment friendliness of nuclear energy it hasn’t matured enough to be a safe and reliable means when compared to other sources both in terms of capital costs,running efficiencies and hazards involved.Don’t compare yourself with France,Sweden or Japan, they have enough technical competence to run their nuclear plants without glitch.But here one single mishap and you can kiss goodbye to your jheenga fry or lobster forever.
    There’s a whole propaganda industry of nuclear suppliers with their inhouse agents ready to sell their white elephants to morons like us.It’s taxpayers money which is involved and people should see that how and where it is spent with media acting as watchdog.


  2. BitterTruth (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

    Amazingly our rulers ignore the tremendous potential of power generation from the huge coal reservoirs. There is so much delay in the progress on Thar Coal Plant, it seems to be something fishy going around.


  3. Kashif Bhutto (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

    415 MW out of 19.5GW (19500 MW) is 2.179% ….. not 2.4% :)


  4. Kashif Bhutto (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

    (Correction to above post)

    I mean:

    425 MW out of 19.5GW (19500 MW) is 2.179% not 2.4%


  5. mansoor (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    8 GW’s in addition to other sources are always welcome, but they are not enough on their own.

    i keep hearing of the wind power farm to be built outside karachi (on the way to thatta i believe) god knows uss ka kya bana

    still, a good initiative, even if it comes late.


  6. Shiraz (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

    I don’t think its fair to say that we don’t have enough energy. Think about all the people that steal electricty all the time. They not only use it but abuse it. Just because they are stealing it and not paying for it they leave the lights, tv, and other appliances on all the time. Its energy going to waste and there really is no accounting for it.


  7. Shiraz (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

    I don’t think its fair to say that we don’t have enough energy. Think about all the people that steal electricty all the time. They not only use it but abuse it. Just because they are stealing it and not paying for it they leave the lights, tv, and other appliances on all the time. Its energy going to waste and there really is no accounting for it.


  8. wasiq (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 1:56 am

    achchi khasi baat ban jati….somebody pulled the german away….ab aaj yeah kahan se paida ho gaie…..aur woh bhi itni extra….ireland ka match chal raha hai iss lian…??? khair,

    Nuclear power reminded me of Mr USA Khan…..gustakhi maaf….arz kiya hai…

    test mein masala zara aur lagatey toh chaghi nahein hota
    laikin agar sahi jagaa lagaa tey toh baghi nahein hoti

    Aadaab!


  9. zeeshan syed (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 6:45 am

    It’s all going down!! :D Everything is falling apart.


  10. wasiq (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2007 @ 2:48 am

    kesc is on a hat-trick tonight….even though it was an extremely hot day….well done…bravo!!!!doosrey illaqoun kay nazreen sey mazrat…..

    yeah lardki bardi maghroor hai..
    issey apni jawani pey gharoor hai
    hum is ka gharoor tohrdein gay
    is ko naa kahein ka choordein gay….


  11. F. AHMED (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 12:31 am

    i just don’t think having a nuclear power plant so close to karachi is a good idea and that too if you take into account the wind direction!

    if there is an attack by India or anything goes wrong then this area would become un-inhabitable!! God forbid!



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