Pakistan nuclear experts have emphasised on small modular reactors (SMRs) as a ‘sensible way’ ahead for the country to meet demands of its power starved population.

During a symposium on ‘Prospects of mini nuclear power plants in Pakistan’ organised by the Pakistan Academy of Engineering (PAE), the small nuclear reactors found favour with the experts. PAE President Dr-Ing Jameel Ahmed Khan in his welcome address said that the energy strategies should be devised keeping the future needs in mind.

“We have to develop energy strategies to power our future. Our last 50 years of experience proves that nuclear energy is the safest and most efficient of all energy resources. Therefore, mini and small nuclear power plants merit serious consideration for countries like Pakistan,” Dr-Ing Jameel was quoted by Pakistan newspaper Dawn as saying.

Saeed Alam Siddiqui, a member of the advisory council of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), said that the small modular reactor (SMR) technology was the answer to Pakistan’s power woes as it was ‘matured and viable’. That was followed by a detailed presentation on development of small modular reactors by Hidayatullah Khan, SMR technology manager at the PAEC.

The concluding feature of the symposium was a detailed video talk on SMR technology and off-grid distribution of power system by Mohammad Irshad, a consultant at Nuclear Power Plants, Lincoln, California.

He spoke about how the US and European countries were fast adopting SMR technology by establishing mini nuclear power plants and according to a safe estimate, a majority of the large nuclear power plants in those countries could be done away with by 2025