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October 3, 2012

HMC-3 gets licence to produce parts for N-plants

October 3, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) on Tuesday achieved another milestone when the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) awarded one of its organisations, Heavy Mechanical Complex-3 (HMC-3), licence of Nuclear Class-I Equipment Manufacturer.
With this development, the HMC-3 got certification to manufacture equipment of international standard for the country’s nuclear power plants including Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (Kanup), two Chashma Nuclear Power Plants - C-1 and C-2.
Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar witnessed the licence awarding ceremony. PNRA chairman Engineering Anwar Habib handed over Nuclear
Safety Class-I Equipment Manufacturer licence to PAEC chairman Dr. Ansar Parvez. Ex-PAEC chairmen Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad and Parvez Butt were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion PAEC chairman said that the PAEC has already been providing manufacturing, testing, designing and maintenance facilities to Kanup, C-1 and C-2 while it would also cater to requirements of two more nuclear plants C-3 and C-4 which would be completed by the year 2015. “ We will be able to achieve the target of producing 8800 MW of electricity from nulcear technology”.
Ansar Parvez told the audience that presently C-1 and C-2 are working to their full capacity providing electricity to the national grid. “Thanks to interference by the minister for water and power, we are also receiving good payment of electricity being released to the national grid,” he said.
Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar while acknowledging the services of PAEC said the commission was playing the vital role of safeguarding country’s interests.
He said the future solution of Pakistan’s energy problems, apart from the nuclear technology, is coal source. “Along with depending on Thar coal, we will also depend on import of coal as this source is much cheaper than generation of electricity from oil,” he said.
The minister said we are also

planning to develop two coal cities, each of 15 acres of area around Thar Coal for generation of electricity, each having a capacity of 5000 MW. “Coal is much more cost-effective than oil for generation of electricity,” he said.
Member Engineering PAEC Waqar Murtaza Butt on getting licence from the PNRA said the PAEC is entering a new phase of nuclear equipment manufacturing.
He said that embargoes from vendor countries made Pakistan move towards indigenous sources of manufacturing equipment for nuclear plants and for this purpose the PAEC created three Centres of Excellence including HMC-3, National Welding Institute and Centre for Non-Destructive Test.
PNRA chairman Engineering Anwar Habib said that HMC-3 is manufacturing equipment like heat exchanger, condensers, pressure vessels, vacuum chamber and other equipment for nuclear power plants and is providing maintenance and testing facilities to the nuclear plant.

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