Zimbabwe signs deal with Russia’s Rosatom to tap nuclear energy

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe and Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore nuclear generation as the Southern African nation seeks to cut its reliance on hydroelectric power. “The anticipated cooperation in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes will provide alternative sources of energy which Zimbabwe needs,” Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said in an emailed statement to the press. The country’s co-operation with Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear company, will also explore the feasibility of constructing a nuclear science and…

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South Africa moves closer to a new nuclear power

SOUTH AFRICA – National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited comment on government’s plans to add 2,500MW in nuclear power to South Africa’s electricity mix by 2030. Currently, Africa’s only nuclear station, Koeberg, which has been running since 1984, delivers only 1,940MW – around 3.6% of South Africa’s electricity output and the government wants to increase nuclear to represent 5.6% of power production. South Africa’s nuclear ambitions have been hugely controversial, with former president Jacob Zuma negotiating a suspect deal with Russia in 2014 to build new reactors but this fell through, and…

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Kenya set to build US$5bn nuclear power plant to boost its power industry

KENYA – Kenya’s nuclear agency has submitted impact studies for a US$5 billion power plant and said it’s on course to build and start operating the facility in about seven years. By 2030, the country is slated to have installed 4 GW of nuclear energy, which will enable it generate 19 percent of its energy consumption tally. If such is achieved, the East African country will have nuclear power as its second largest source of energy, coming after the geothermal cleantech. 35 percent of Kenya’s electricity generation comes from hydropower,…

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Russia supports Rwanda in the establishment of nuclear technology

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda and Russia have a signed an agreement for the establishment of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology in the country. The pact was signed on the sidelines of the just-concluded Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia. The agreement was signed by Minister for Infrastructure Claver Gatete on behalf of Rwanda and the Director General of Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom Alexey Likhachev. The agreement lays ground for the establishment of Center for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) with the latest technology of a 10…

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Jordan turns to Egypt for support in nuclear energy development for peaceful use

EGYPT – Jordan is planning to sign an agreement with Egypt to develop peaceful uses of nuclear energy and uranium production, Khaled Toukan, chairperson of the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission has revealed. Toukan, in an interview with Daily News Egypt said that there have been meetings with officials of the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority and the Nuclear Materials Authority over the past months to exchange experiences and information about the black sand and extracted minerals such as Monazite. The chair of Jordan’s atomic energy commission also revealed that  Jordan’s uranium…

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Ethiopia partners with Russia to develop nuclear energy for peaceful industries

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia through its Ministry of Innovation and Technology has in October this year signed an accord with state owned Rosatom Nuclear Energy Corporation to develop nuclear energy for peaceful industry. The intergovernmental agreement was signed in Sochi, Russia at the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum, and will see the two parties cooperate in the development of nuclear infrastructure on selected joint projects in accordance with international recommendations. The select projects include a 3,000 megawatts nuclear power generating plants, nuclear medicine applications, agriculture, nuclear training and education through…

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