Towards Nuclear Independence
AHeavy Mechanical Complex III in Taxila, operating under the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), is ready to steer Pakistan into the future of nuclear technology. According to certain sources, the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority has given HMC the green signal to manufacture class I nuclear safety equipment. As per requirements, the Complex will manufacture equipment related to core nuclear islands, forming a direct link to control and maintain multiple activities in a nuclear reactor. Over the years, the manufacturing facility in Taxila has produced spare parts for nuclear plants and other related equipment. Commenting on the advancement in technology, Engineer Anwar Habib, Chairman PNRA, said, “Pakistan has constantly been under international embargoes. Local production of parts would not only help them keep up the required maintenance of nuclear plants but it would also improve the existing plants. It is indeed a happy moment for Pakistan. We will ensure that quality is not compromised in haste or achieving any production target.” HMC-III already acquired certifications, nearly six years ago, to manufacture class II and III nuclear safety equipment. Class I equipment deals with manufacturing parts for tanks, vessels, and steam generators.
Given its geo-strategic location and the desire to develop secure nuclear technology, the country cannot tolerate any compromise over quality which is the reason why Pakistan received the certification after due consideration.