A petition submitted by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) said that unit 2 of Chashma Nuclear Power Plants has failed to generate 340 MW agreed in the generation licence.

As a result, PAEC wants NEPRA to amend the nuclear power generation licence to reduce the required output from Chashma 2 to 325 MW, of which 25 MW will be for the plant, and 300 MW supplied to the grid.

Earlier, NEPRA had extended the generation license to 340 MW, after assurances from China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) that Chashma 2 could generate 340 MW. Chashma 2 was inaugurated in March 2011.

A senior official at PAEC said that it has selected six sites for the installation of ten new nuclear power plants to increase nuclear capacity to 8000 MW by 2030, including two more reactors at the Chashma site.

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