Atom for peace and prosperity
Keeping in view the prevailing energy crisis and its implication to the future, Pakistan intends to recourse nuclear energy as a way out. For this purpose, the government has set a target for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission to generate around 40,000 Megawatts of electricity by 2050 to meet the needs in future. Last year, the Chairman PAEC while attending the13th Convocation of Karachi Institute of Power Engineering (KINPOE) as Chief Guest, said that PAEC was ready to meet the target set by the government to produce 8,800 MW of electricity by 2030. PAEC has been striving hard to enhance its role in power generation, as the country is facing severe power shortage. PAEC is optimistic about achieving this target within the stipulated period. In the domains of national defense, nuclear power, health, agriculture, human resource development and applied research, the commission is running a multidisciplinary program.
In 2015, 14% of the world's electricity came from nuclear power. The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) is solely responsible for operating 3 licensed-commercial nuclear power plants. The role of electricity generated by commercial nuclear power plants is too little in national energy mix. Only 3.6% of electricity is generated in Pakistan by nuclear power plants as compared to 62% from fossil fuel, 33% from hydroelectric power and 0.3% from coal. Pakistan plans to construct 32 nuclear power plants by 2050.