- Nigeria and other African countries have been advised to invest in nuclear research and energy
- Experts in the field say when done, it will empower African economies
- The federal government has already signed an agreement to build a nuclear power plant in Nigeria
African countries have been advised to embrace nuclear research and energy to empower and grow their economies.
The advice was given at the African Nuclear Business Platform conference that took place on Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, October 16 October in Nairobi, Kenya.
The conference gathered over 150 energy and nuclear professionals from across the globe.
Representatives from key African countries that are planning or already implementing their respective programs for developing peaceful nuclear technologies included Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, and Ethiopia.
Others are Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.
Speaking at the panel on global nuclear trends, Dmitry Shornikov, CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, emphasized the advantages of joining the atomic club through creating nuclear industries in newcomer countries.
He also gave an overview of projects with the maximum positive effect on industrial development, enhancing the quality of life and developing a knowledge economy.
“We are the only ones in the world who are fully vertically integrated into absolutely every segment of the nuclear value chain.
“We utilize this competitive advantage to create additional value by providing full support for the national nuclear energy program of the customer country at all its stages and provide access to the entire line of products and services throughout the entire life of a nuclear power plant from a single supplier,” he said.
Ryan Collyer, Deputy CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa highlighted the reliability and versatility of small modular nuclear power plants.
“One of our latest and most exciting solutions is a floating nuclear power plant (FNPP). The first plant, fondly named “Akademik Lomonosov” after famous Russian polymath, scientist, and writer Mikhail Lomonosov, is a unique and pioneering solution in the area of small modular reactors.”
Meanwhile, while Nigeria presses on with its plan to diversify the nation's energy mix - with the inclusion of nuclear energy, Uganda, on the other hand, has also embraced the prospects of nuclear energy.
To this end, the East African nation, has signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy - with Russia.
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