The China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has confirmed that two Hualong-1 nuclear power units were successfully delivered to Pakistan.
These units, which were developed using China’s indigenous third-generation nuclear power technology, are now operational.
The CNNC has constructed two of Pakistan’s six nuclear power plants.
The Karachi K-2/K-3 nuclear power plant is the largest in Pakistan and the first million-kilowatt-grade single-unit power project.
The two Hualong-1 reactors, K-2 and K-3, were developed at the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP). Construction on the K-2 and K-3 reactors began in 2015 and 2016, respectively. K-2 and K-3 went into service in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Since their commissioning, the K-2 and K-3 units have generated nearly 20 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, making a significant contribution to Pakistan’s social and economic development.
Additionally, the project has created over 60,000 jobs for local residents throughout its entire lifespan.
Hualong-1 is China’s indigenous pressurised water nuclear reactor design, which will be the standard nuclear technology in the coming years. Hualong-1 technology, also known as HPR1000, is a third-generation nuclear reactor design with the highest acceptability in the current nuclear power market.
The Hualong-1 reactor was developed by China to compete with the US-made AP1000 and the European-made Evolutionary Pressurized Reactor. In terms of technology and cost, the Hualong-1 reactor outperforms both US and European-made reactors.