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Chashma-4 makes new record of running round the year

One of Chashma Nuclear Power Plants has made a new record in Pakistan’s history for running full-year continuously. thus becoming the first electricity generation plant to achieve this desired objective

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) announced on Wednesday 1st July 2020. that its Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-4 has made a new record in Pakistan’s history by running for a year continuously, becoming the first electricity generation plant of the country to achieve this milestone. Previously, Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 (Chashma-2), held the record of running for continuous 302 days.

Member Power of PAEC Saeedur Rahman, while making the announcement, said, “This unique record of efficient and safe operations of Chashma-4 bespoke the acumen and hard work of the PAEC teams of technicians, scientists and engineers.”

The PAEC operates four nuclear power plants at Chashma, near Mianwali, that collectively generate about 1,330 megawatts electricity.

Currently, Chashma Power Plants (C-1 to C-4) are producing electricity at an average tariff of Rs11.16/KWH, while operating at above 95 percent of capacity factor.

The PAEC’s Karachi Nuclear Power Plants (Kanupp)-2 and 3 are expected to connect to the national grid by the end of next year. Kanupp-2 and 3 shall add another 2,200 megawatts of sustained electricity to the grid.

On this historic achievement, the PAEC Chairman Muhammad Naeem extended congratulations to Member Power and his team at Chashma-4 for achieving this milestone of continuous operations and ensuring all safety parameters even in the difficult time of COVID-19 pandemic. He said the PAEC has an enviable 48 years operational experience since its KANUPP-1 was connected to the national grid in 1972.

He added that the PAEC is committed to Pakistan’s bid to meet UN’s Sustainable Development Goals like producing clean energy and socio-economic development of the country. The PAEC plans to meet these goals by contributing 8,800 megawatts of reliable, clean and cost-effective electricity by year 2030. ‘Source: South Asia Monitor’

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22 killed as train rams into coach carrying Sikh pilgrims

LAHORE(July 03, 2020): Twenty-two people, including 20 Sikh pilgrims, a driver and his helper, were killed and nine others injured when a train rammed into a passenger coach at the railway track passing through Sucha Soda, a small town near Farooqabad in Sheikhupura district, about70km from here, on Friday 3rd July 2020, afternoon.

The tragic incident took place at a small unmanned level crossing / passage, just about 100 feet away from a manned level crossing at the track.

According to sources, the accident apparently took place due to negligence of the driver of the coaster carrying 31 passengers, including 29 Sikh pilgrims. All Sikh Yatris reached Sucha Soda from Peshawar at about 12:00pm and later left for Nankana Sahib to visit the birthplace of Guru Nanak and their relatives. As soon as they moved from Sucha Soda temple, the coaster driver asked someone in the town about the way leading to Nankana Sahib. On receiving information, he used a shortcut to reach the main road after crossing the railway track at the unmanned crossing.(Dawn, July 4th, 2020)

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