Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH)

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Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Other Name: N/A
Location: Approximately 15km east of Rawalpindi
Subordinate To: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Operational

The Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH) is Pakistan's major nuclear research and development institute.

The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission established PINSTECH to address Pakistan's lack of trained manpower and scientific infrastructure. [1] In 1965, the facility's reactor building and secondary buildings were completed, and various laboratories, workshops, and a library became operational in 1974. [2]

Pakistan's PARR-1 and PARR-2 research reactors are located at PINSTECH, as are the New Laboratories Reprocessing Facility and the Experimental Reprocessing Facility. [3]

[1] Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, "Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Sciences and Technology,"
[2] Jack Boureston, "Understanding Pakistan's Energy Security Needs and the Role of Nuclear Energy," South Asian Strategic Stability Institute, June 2008,
[3] David Albright and Paul Brannan, "Pakistan Expanding Plutonium Separation Facility Near Rawalpindi," Institute for Science and International Security, 19 May 2009,; Nuclear Black Markets: Pakistan, A.Q. Khan and the Rise of Proliferation Networks (International Institute for Strategic Studies: London, 2007).

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