Sunday, August 21, 2005

Pakistan to ask US, EU to construct 13 nuclear power plants

Pak to ask US, EU to construct 13 nuclear power plants

Aug 21, 2005 17:35:00


Islamabad, Aug 21 (PTI) Apparently keeping in mind the concerns of the western countries over nuclear proliferation, Pakistan would shortly put forward a proposal to them to invest in 13 nuclear power plants in the country on a "build and own" basis.
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has requested President Pervez Musharraf to mitigate the concerns of the US and the western world about proliferation by ensuring that the new plants would work under "full safeguards" of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), officials here said.

Based on this the government would ask the US and western countries to make investment in certain "designated zones and parks" by partly or fully owning the proposed 13 new nuclear power plants in the country, local daily 'Dawn' quoted the officials as saying.

"We may propose to them (US and the west) to build these new nuclear power plants on the basis of full ownership or have a joint venture with us and the entire process would be carried out in consultation with the IAEA," the officials said.

The nuclear plants would help generate 8400 MW of electricity in the next 25 years.

The report came as IAEA officials geared up to meet Pakistani officials in Vienna next week as part of its efforts to determine if Iran was using smuggled Pakistani centrifuges to make enriched uranium that could be used for nuclear bombs.

Reports from Vienna said the IAEA, which has examined centrifuges supplied by Pakistan has concluded that "the highly enriched uranium appears to emanate from Pakistan,from the imported equipment and not from Iranian enrichment work. PTI


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