The Nuclear Power and Energy Authority (NuPEA) has begun an extensive search for a suitable construction location for Kenya’s first nuclear power station near the coast. According to NuPEA chief executive Collins Juma, the agency is currently undertaking a comprehensive site survey in both regions to determine the optimal location for the 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plant, which is expected to start up in 2030.
Kenya expects the nuclear power plant to complement the country’s current energy mix of 2,705 MW of installed power capacity, 86% of which comes from renewable sources such as geothermal, wind and solar.
The feasibility study report for the research reactor will be completed by June 2022, according to Dr. Winnie Ndubai, director of strategy and planning at NuPEA. Dr. Winnie Ndubai, Director of Strategy and Planning at NuPEA, said that the acquisition of national authorization and the budget plan should be completed by 2023, and that the construction and operation at full power of Kenya’s nuclear research reactor are expected to be completed by the end of 2030.
Kenya’s First Nuclear Power Plant Development Project
Despite the delays, NuPEA is confident that the Kshs. 500 billion nuclear power plants would be operational by 2036. NuPEA actively conducts public awareness seminars in both counties to educate the public about nuclear energy. The agency has also launched a survey to assess and assess the potential competence and interest of Kenyan industry to participate in the nuclear power program. This will contribute to the formulation of a national nuclear localization policy.
According to Erick Ohaga, NuPEA’s Director for Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development, NuPEA is conducting a survey of Kenyan sectors to determine the potential ability and interest of industries to participate in the nuclear power program. NuPEA also intends to establish a 5 MW nuclear research reactor project to advance the uses of nuclear technology in industrial, medicinal, educational and food agriculture.
South Africa is the only country in Africa to have a commercial nuclear power plant. Egypt, Ghana and Nigeria are the only African countries in Phase 2 implementation, which involves accepting bids and negotiating contracts for their respective first nuclear power plants.
Worldwide, 454 nuclear reactors with a total installed capacity of 399,978 MW are in operation, and another 55 under development with a total installed capacity of 55,903 MW. Kenya is expected to have an installed capacity of 3024 MW by 2030, with a peak demand of 2036 MW.
Kenya to identify location to build first nuclear power plant
Kenya is about to choose a location to build its first nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) announced the reports and said it had engaged China’s China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to determine the most suitable location in an ambitious study two-year site characterization.
“Currently we have focused on the coast along the Indian Ocean, Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana as the most ideal sites. We have ruled out the Rift Valley as we need enough water to cool the plant. The sites have been narrowed down after analysis of a number of environmental factors. These include water, seismology and geology and are ranked according to a numerical value assigned to each of the factors.” , said Mr. Collins Juma, Managing Director of NuPEA.
The nuclear plant, which is planned to be built in the next 8 to 10 years, will cost 5 billion US dollars. It is expected to produce 1,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Kenya has identified nuclear power as a source to bridge the shortfall Kenya is expected to have by 2030. While hailing the project as a major step forward, Cofek General Secretary Stephen Mutoro urged the council to administration to involve consumers while the process is underway to make them fully understand the project.
According to the East African country, nuclear power is a long-term solution to high fuel costs – incurred during periods of drought when diesel generators are used – and an effective way to eliminate carbon emissions. carbon from the power generation sector.
Hydroelectricity accounts for 35% of Kenya’s electricity generation, with the rest coming from geothermal, wind and diesel power plants, according to the ministry. NuPEA expects its capacity to reach a total of 4,000 MW by 2033, making nuclear power a key part of the country’s energy mix.
Kenya’s first nuclear power plant will create around 5,000 new jobs throughout its construction. The agency said it had trained 29 Kenyans in nuclear energy, all of whom graduated with master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from top universities in Korea, China and Russia.