Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Other Name: Chashma Nuclear Power Plant-2
Location: Kundian, NW region of Punjab Province; Approximately 200km SW of Islamabad
Subordinate To: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
Size: 300MWe net
Facility Status: Under Construction

Once completed, CHASNUPP-2 will be a 300MWe net two-loop pressurized water reactor (PWR) utilizing low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. [1]

In May 2004, the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) contracted with the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) to build CHASNUPP-2, adjacent to CHASNUPP-1. Modeled after the CHASNUPP-1 design, construction began between late 2005 and early 2006, and the reactor is expected to enter commercial operation in mid- to late 2011. [2] As with CHASNUPP-1, China is expected to supply the reactor's LEU fuel. [3]

As a component of Pakistan's civilian nuclear program, the reactor will add to Pakistan's "plan to produce 8,800MW of nuclear power by 2030." [4] The construction of CHASNUPP-2 has taken place under IAEA safeguards, and the IAEA will continue to monitor the reactor facility, the LEU supplied by China, and all spent fuel. [5]

Sources:
[1] Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority, "CHASNUPP-2," www.pnra.org.
[2] The IAEA reports that construction began on 28 December 2005, while the PNRA reports that construction began in May 2006. International Atomic Energy Agency, "Pakistan," IAEA Country Nuclear Profiles, 2009 Edition, http://pub.iaea.org; Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority, "CHASNUPP-2," www.pnra.org.
[3] Global Fissile Material Report 2010, Chapter 10, International Panel on Fissile Materials, December 2010, www.fissilematerials.org.
[4] Chris Schneidmiller, "IAEA Board Sets Plan for Monitoring New Pakistani Nuclear Reactors," NTI Global Security Newswire, 9 March 2011, http://gsn.nti.org/gsn.
[5] International Atomic Energy Agency, "Agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the Application of Safeguards in Connection with the Supply of a Nuclear Power Station from the People's Republic of China," INFCIRC 705, 17 May 2007, www.iaea.org; International Atomic Energy Agency, "Status List: Conclusion of Safeguards Agreements, Additional Protocols and Small Quantities Protocols," 4 March 2011, www.iaea.org.

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