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    IAEA approves construction of nuclear power plant in Uganda


    May 13, 2022 - MarketLine

     

      The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has given approval for the construction of a nuclear facility for power generation in Uganda.

      Once constructed, this will be East Africa's first nuclear power facility.

      The IAEA's director for Africa Aline des Cloizeaux informed the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni of the approval, reported Xinhua.

      des Cloizeaux said: "We have concluded that Uganda is ready for the plant. We in the agency are ready for all the support through training so that the project becomes reality."

      An expert team of IAEA undertook an eight-day mission in December 2021 to Uganda to evaluate its infrastructure development for a nuclear programme.

      Uganda is looking at developing nuclear power plant to make up the shortfall in hydropower generation. The country mostly draws its electricity from hydropower facilities.

      Ugandan Energy Minister Sidronius Opolot Okasai said land for the 2GW nuclear power plant has been acquired. However, the location of the facility has been not revealed by the minister.

      This project is part of the country's aim of boosting generation capacity by almost 12-fold to 17GW in the medium term.

      The country has 22 trained nuclear engineer holding the level of master's degree in nuclear science. It aims to build a school to train more nuclear engineers.

      Okasai said that country has adopted the IAEA-phased approach to develop infrastructure for nuclear power.

      This approach features three phases. First phase involves understanding commitments, obligations and resource requirements prior to commencement of nuclear power project.

      The second phase involves construction of institutions specialising in nuclear energy and preparatory work for construction.

      The third phase involves management of construction and preparations for commissioning and operation of the nuclear power plant.

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