In 21st century, Pakistan is still one of the worlds lowest per-head energy consumer countries. This is not because it doesnt need more energy, but because it does not have the required energy resources. Conventional energy sources are limited or there are constraints in their availability as they are usually much costly to import. So perforce, Pakistan has been pursuing for quite sometime the nuclear energy option. Pakistan has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it needs to build more nuclear power plants to overcome a severe energy shortfall and to support its socio-economic development. The government wanted the PAEC to install 8,800MW of nuclear power capacity by 2030. But it must also not be forgotten that nuclear power makes a small contribution to total energy production and requirements, supplying only 2.34% of the country's electricity. MURAD MAQSOOD, Islamabad, July 2.