Pakistan’s nuclear authority Tuesday said that country’s nuclear powers plants located in the coastal Karachi city and Chashma area were functioning safely as natural disaster in Japan has opened a debate on the use of nuclear technology.
The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) in a statement said that nuclear power plants located at Karachi and Chashma were functioning safely.
It was continuously monitoring the flow of events in nuclear plants in Japan in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami there, it said, adding, Pakistan’s nuclear plants are regulated by the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) which is an independent body.
“The Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) has already been assessed to be safe against the effects of earthquake and tsunami while the two Chashma Nuclear Power Plants safe against the earthquake and flooding due to the worst possible sequence of dam breaks”, said PAEC in the statement.
It said further that there was no cause of concern regarding the safe operation of the plants. Over the years, the plant safety has also been assessed by experts from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).
“Any lessons learnt from the accidents in Japan will be implemented at our plants as well”, it added.