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Pakistan / Fuel Loading Begins At China-Supplied Kanupp-2 Reactor

By David Dalton
2 December 2020

Unit will be first Hualong One to begin operation overseas
Fuel Loading Begins At China-Supplied Kanupp-2 Reactor
The Kanupp nuclear power station in Pakistan. Courtesy CNNC.
Fuel loading has begun at the China-supplied Kanupp-2 nuclear power plant under construction in southern Pakistan with commercial operation scheduled for April 2021, local press reports said.

The reports quoted a spokesperson for the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission as saying fuel loading for the HPR1000, or Hualong One plant, began on Tuesday after a permit was issued.

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

Kanupp-3 is scheduled for commercial operation in 2022.

Pakistan has five commercial nuclear reactors which in 2019 provided a 6.6% share of its electricity production.

In October, the Fuqing-5 plant in China became the first Hualong One to achieve first criticality. It was connected to the grid late last month.

The Hualong One is a three-loop pressurised water reactor. It incorporates elements of China National Nuclear Corporation’s ACP1000 and China General Nuclear’s ACPR1000+ reactor designs.

There are eight Hualong One units under construction in China, including Fuqing-5 and -6. The others are two each at Taipingling in Guangdong province, southern China; Zhangzhou in Fujian province, eastern China; and Fangchenggang in Guangxi province in the south of the country.

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