Blackouts: Russia proposes adoption of small modular nuclear reactors
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Blackouts: Russia proposes adoption of small modular nuclear reactors

- Russia is proposing to help Africa solve its perennial power shortage and Nigeria will not be left out of the plan

- Russia's state-run nuclear energy corporation is proposing the use of small modular nuclear reactors

- Already, there is a major global shift towards nuclear energy

Informed by the need to address the perennial power shortage that plagues most African nations - especially Nigeria, ROSATOM, Russia's state-run nuclear energy corporation, has proposed the use of small modular nuclear reactors.

Ryan Collyer, Acting CEO, Rosatom Central and Southern Africa made this submission at the Africa Energy Indaba forum, held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Addressing stakeholders from across the continent, Collyer highlighted the global shift towards nuclear, not only in the energy sector but also to address a myriad of other issues.

Blackouts: Russia proposes adoption of small modular nuclear reactors

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He also stressed on the possible use of nuclear technologies for desalination purposes apart from heat and electricity supply.

According to Collyer, adoption of Small Modular Reactors can be a good alternative to diesel generators providing reliable power supply and preventing harmful emissions at a competitive price.

Shedding light on ROSATOM's advancements in the technology, he informed delegates about Russia's RITM-200, an advanced pressurized-water reactor that incorporates all the best features from its predecessors' – ship reactors.

He further highlighted the main advantages of RITM-200 reactor to include: cost-efficiency, small size and safety.

Russia's RITM-200 reactor, he noted was designed for nuclear icebreakers, land-based small nuclear power plants and floating nuclear power plants.

ROSATOM has already constructed six RITM-200 nuclear-powered reactors - with two onboard Russia's nuclear powered Arktika icebreaker.

The speaker also outlined the features of the floating RITM-200 equipped nuclear power plant that was connected to Russia's national grid at the end of 2019.

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He then disclosed that Russia is working on the next generation of the offshore nuclear power plants – an optimized floating power unit.

“We are working hard to do our part in delivering great stories from our industry, to highlight its true potential to become a catalyst for sustainable development in Africa.

“We all understand that nuclear will play a vital role in achieving the United Nations sustainability goals not only in Africa but across the globe,” he said.

Recall that history was recorded on Thursday, December 19 as a floating nuclear power plant was connected to the grid and commenced electricity production for the first time in a remote region of Russia.

The historic plant has the capacity of roughly 70 megawatts that can power a city of 100,000 people.

Recently, the Nigerian Senate called for the inclusion of nuclear power into the country’s energy mix following a motion by Senator Tanko Al-Makura representing Nassarawa South senatorial district.

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Meanwhile, African nations have been embracing the prospects of adopting nuclear energy to bridge their energy deficit.

Rwanda is already constructing a nuclear research centre and power plant and the East African country is taking bold steps by deepening efforts at actualising its goals.

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