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Pakistan to seek nuke fuel technology from China
September 24, 2008 17:14 IST
During a high-level meeting, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [Images] approved the construction of two new nuclear plants at Chashma in Punjab province, sources told PTI, adding these plants are expected to be built with Chinese assistance.
The September 19 meeting attended by top officials of the military and Strategic Plans Division, the body that oversees the country's nuclear arsenal, had drawn up plans to acquire new nuclear plants and a satellite communications system.
Pakistan plans to build 10 nuclear power plants at six sites across the country in the next 22 years and President Asif Ali Zardari will seek fuel technology from China for future atomic plants during his forthcoming visit to that country, The News daily reported on Wednesday.
The six sites selected for the new plants are Qadirabad-Bulloki link canal near Qadirabad Headworks, Dera Ghazi Khan canal near Tuansa barrage, Taunsa-Punjnad canal near Multan, Nara canal near Sukkur, Pat feeder canal near Guddu and Kabul river near Nowshera, the report said.
Authorities have also drawn up plans to train manpower needed for the nuclear programme. A capacity building programme had been launched at a cost of Rs 491.42 million, including a foreign exchange component of Rs 166.70 million, for this purpose, the official told the daily.
The Pakistani professionals will be provided some on-the-job hands-on training in the Chinese nuclear industry.
Following progress in the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, Pakistan has stepped up efforts to acquire atomic technology and know-how to maintain parity with its neighbour. During a visit to the US in July, Prime Minister Gilani demanded a nuclear deal similar to the one with India.
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