Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Pakistan to produce nuclear safety equipment

Islamabad: Pakistan can now produce "Class-I nuclear safety equipment" and manufacture spare parts for its nuclear stations under embargo conditions, a media report said.

Pakistan to produce nuclear safety equipment (© Reuters)

Dawn reported that Pakistan has joined a group of countries that are certified to produce 'Class-I nuclear safety equipment', allowing it to locally manufacture spare parts for its nuclear power stations under embargo conditions and contribute towards a long-term nuclear energy programme.

The Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) gave a licence to a unit of the Heavy Mechanical Complex (HMC) Tuesday to make specialised equipment related to core nuclear islands that are linked to controlling and maintaining activities in a reactor, the media report said.

"Although it is a happy moment that Pakistan has moved one more step towards indigenisation of nuclear programme, we will ensure that quality is not compromised in haste or in achieving any production target," Engineer Anwar Habib, PNRA chairman, was quoted as saying at an event.

The licence was granted to produce Class-II and Class-III equipment after almost three years of scrutiny of working standards and ensuring that the quality of parts and equipment produced at HMC-III met international standards.

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