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Pakistan / China-Supplied Kanupp-2 Reaches First Criticality, Reports Say

By David Dalton
4 March 2021

China-Supplied Kanupp-2 Reaches First Criticality, Reports Say
File photo of construction at the Kanupp nuclear power station in Pakistan.
First criticality has been achieved at the China-supplied Kanupp-2 nuclear power plant under construction in southern Pakistan with commercial operation scheduled for next month, local press reports said, citing the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.

The reports said the plant – also known as Karachi-2 – achieved criticality at 11.59pm on 28 February. The unit is expected to be connected to the grid by the end of this month after the completion of safety tests.

There are two plants, Kanupp-2 and Kanupp-3, under construction at the Kanupp site. They are the first of China’s indigenous Generation III HPR1000, or Hualong One, reactor design to be built overseas.

Construction of Kanupp-2 began in August 2015 and of Kanupp-3 in May 2016.

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