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Kanupp decreases generation capacity to 86 megawatts

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has recently allowed modifications in the generation licence of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (Kanupp), under which net generation capacity of Kanupp has been allowed to decrease from 93 Megawatts (MWs) to 86 MWs.

According to a Nepra announcement now posted on its website, the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) pursuant to regulation 10 of Nepra Licencing (Application and Modification Procedure) Regulations 1999 had communicated a Licencee Proposed Modification to the power sector regulator. The PAEC sought modification in generation licence of Kanupp, which is located 20 kilometres west of Karachi on the Arabian Sea Coast near Paradise Point.

Pakistan’s first commercially operated nuclear power plant began its commercial operation in 1972. After completing its 30 years of design life it was shut down on December 6, 2002. The plant again began operations in 2006. In October 2011 Kanupp imposed a seven-hour emergency within the nuclear plant after heavy water leaked from a feeder pipe to the reactor.

Meanwhile, Nepra said in its recent announcement that under Section-15 of the Nepra Act, the power sector regulator had granted a generation licence (No GL/022/2005, dated March 04, 2005) to PAEC for Kanupp. Now modifications had been approved in this generation licence of Kanupp.

Nepra said that in accordance with Regulation 10 (4) of the Regulations, all stakeholders, interested/affected persons and the general public were informed about the Licencee Proposed Modification (LPM) related to Kanupp, through a public notice, appearing in the newspapers of June 03, 2011.

“Based on the received comments of the stakeholders and other submitted information/evidences, the Authority (Nepra) has approved the communicated LPM of the Licencee without any changes. In accordance with the provisions of the Regulation 10 (17) of the Regulations, all stakeholders, interested/affected persons and the general public are now hereby informed about the decision of the Authority to approve the communicated LPM,” said the Nepra announcement.

According to the brief of the approved modification in the Generation Licence of the Licencee (PAEC), total gross generation capacity of Kanupp under the existing status is 137 MWs and this capacity would remain the same under the modified status of the generation licence. De-rated gross generation capacity of Kanupp at mean site conditions has been brought down to 98 MWs under the modified status of generation licence from 105 MWs of the existing status of the power plant. Auxiliary consumption of Kanupp would remain constant at 12 MWs both in the existing status of nuclear power plant and under the modified status of generation licence.

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