China completes outer dome on overseas Hualong One reactor in Pakistan

The completion of the double-layered steel dome on the containment building of the Karachi 2 nuclear power plant in Pakistan as a milestone that would help demonstrate China’s Hualong One technology worldwide.. Photo Courtesy: Social Media
Updated 20 June 2019

China completes outer dome on overseas Hualong One reactor in Pakistan

  • World's first Hualong One reactor is set to go into operation ahead of schedule
  • China is hoping to use its third-generation Hualong One design to boost its presence overseas

SHANGHAI: China has finished building the outer safety dome at its first overseas “Hualong One” nuclear reactor in Pakistan, with the project scheduled to be finished by the end of 2020, the China National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC) said late Tuesday.
China is hoping to use its third-generation Hualong One design to boost its presence in the overseas nuclear power sector and it is already making plans to build projects in Argentina and Britain.
CNNC described the completion of the double-layered steel dome on the containment building of the Karachi 2 nuclear power plant in Pakistan as a milestone that would help demonstrate China’s Hualong One technology worldwide. The firm is building two Hualong One units at the site.
China developed the Hualong One reactor as a rival to the Westinghouse-developed AP1000 and Europe’s “Evolutionary Pressurised Reactor,” with both models beset by cost overruns and construction delays.
The world’s first Hualong One reactor is set to go into operation ahead of schedule in the southeast Chinese province of Fujian late next year.
CNNC said its four demonstration projects in China and Pakistan are progressing in an orderly manner, noting that they “are the only third-generation pressurised water reactor projects in the world that are being constructed on schedule.” 


Pakistanis grateful country's positive image promoted by British royal visit

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Pakistanis grateful country's positive image promoted by British royal visit

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton concluded their five-day cultural tour of Pakistan on Friday
  • Pakistanis say more visits like this will help boost tourism and show to the world that their country is safe

ISLAMABAD: The visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has helped project Pakistan’s positive image globally, promoting the country's rich and diverse culture and signifying that the South Asian state is safe for outsiders to visit, citizens and government functionaries said at the end of the royal couple’s five-day tour on Friday.
Prince William and Kate Middleton remained at the center of global and social media attention during their Pakistan tour. Reacting to the high-profile visit, some Pakistanis said that tour of foreign dignitaries that put a spotlight on the country’s culture could help boost its tourism industry.
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