Pakistan To Build More Nuclear Power Plants

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Mar 18 (PNS) - Pakistan is planning to build more nuclear power plants in years to come to overcome its energy needs on the basis of self-suffiency principle.

Dr Masud Ahmad, member physical sciences of the PAEC, proudly stated that the commission has an excellent safety track record and “we plan to build more nuclear power plants in the years to come.” The commission has developed various state of the art techniques for quality testing both nuclear and non-nuclear, he explained.

Speaking at the ‘PAECIAEA Regional Training Workshop on Internal Auditing for Quality Control of Nuclear Analytical Technique’, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission top official Dr Masud Ahmad said the government has been entrusted with the development of multi-disciplinary applications of atomic energy in areas like defence, nuclear power, industry, medicine and agriculture. The PAEC is aware of the importance and value of quality and safety.

The PAEC senior official claimed, “Our physical and chemical laboratories have a reputation of outstanding performance. However in the area of globalisation of trade, tough competition and strict legislation enacted by WTO, documentation of quality in all processes and products is now the prime requirement for acceptability of results and goods.” He observed that the international bodies such as ISO and others have made considerable efforts to establish guidelines for a general quality system to be applied in analytical laboratories to trace and document their results in such a way that compatibility between laboratories can be obtained.

Masud believed that the excericse of nuclear safety would not only further bolster the standards of quality maintained in the laboratories of the countries and all other states to ensure acceptability of the result.

He called for a firm commitment to a culture of quality and excellence. “The civilsations which nurture such culture, progressed and excel and those who do otherwise are doomed to oblivion, the Pakistani scientist stated.

Masud lauded IAEA help and being forthcoming in assisting RCA countries in establishing the quality systems required to obtain national and international accreditation of our laboratories.

Dr Masud said the idea of quality control and setting quality standards has become an independent field known as quality management.

“A society that does not allow for such a process of social mobility is invariably destined to a culture of randomness and slipshod performance where the fickle hand of chance is left to determine the outcome of events, which have usually disastrous consequences far removed from any notions of quality or excellence,” he observed.

In connection with quality, he stressed that it is not that directly linked to technological development. Philosophically speaking, it is not related to an abstract notion that perfection is a goal, which has to be achieved using whatever means, are available, the scientist elaborated.

“If one looks at history, the great monuments like Taj Mahal and the great Pyramids of Egypt’s which symolise graphically the highest standards of quality and performance in fact had little to do with the state of technological development prevailing then.” As the demand for better quality and more reliable products increased, Dr Masud said the quality systems evolved to become the modern systems like ISO 9000 series. These now rely o prevention rather than cure and applicable to all industries.

Dr Abdul Ghaffar, director general of PINSTECH, expressed his pleasure to receive delegates from the China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mangolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

He said his institute has published over 1100 research papers in international journals of repute which is matched with an equal number in national journals.

Ghaffar said on the basis of its high standards, the PINSTECH has been designated as a regional resource unit for the IAEARCA project on air pollution and its trends.

He said in keeping with the commitment of PINSTECH to scientific excellence, it is now establishing and implementing quality assrance and quality control systems as per the international norms.

“This is an important steps towards achieving complete harmonisation of the laboratory with international recommendations such as ISOIEC guidelines,” he noted.

He proudly told the participants that last years Islamic Development Bank awarded first prize to PINSTECH for making outstanding contribution to the development of nuclear science and technology in the whole Islamic world.

Dr Paul Dhorthy, representative of IAEA Vienna, lauded the role played by the PAEC with regard to peaceful nuclear research.