Kenya Signs Nuclear Power Deal With China, To Have Power Station Up By 2025

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The Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) said it has signed a deal with China as part of the east leading African economy’s plans to have a nuclear power station by 2025, reports Footprint to Africa.

The board said that plans to set up its  first nuclear power plant with a capacity of 1000 MW by 2025 goes with ambitions to boost that to 4000 MW by 2033, and to make nuclear electricity “a key component of the country’s energy” production.

The Memorandum Of Understanding,(MOU) signed in China, will enable Kenya to “obtain expertise from China by way of training and skills development, technical support in areas such as site selection for Kenya’s nuclear power plants and feasibility studies,” the KNEB statement said.

The statement revealed that Kenya has already signed nuclear power cooperation agreements with Slovakia and South Korea, adding that as part of those deals, over 10 Kenyan students are studying nuclear power engineering in South Korea.

With its fast-growing population, demand is climbing swiftly, and the country’s hydro-electric capacity is strained by droughts and the impact of deforestation on rivers.

Kenya has in recent years focused power efforts on boosting sources from renewables such as geothermal, hydro and wind power. Geothermal power stations are sited on the Rift Valley, the divide of tectonic plates through East Africa.

Footprint to Africa gathered that around three in 10 Kenyans have access to electricity, according to the World Bank, but that drops to only two in 10 in the poorest rural areas.

Currently, South Africa is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa with active nuclear power plants.

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