Key Facts about Rosatom:
*No. 1 globally in number of nuclear reactors under simultaneous construction (8 in Russia and 36 abroad)
* No. 2 globally in uranium reserves and No.3 globally in annual uranium extraction
* No. 2 globally and No. 1 in Russia in terms of nuclear power generation (about 18% of total power generated in Russia)
* 36% of the global uranium enrichment market
* 17% of the global nuclear fuel market
* World’s only nuclear icebreaker fleet
By SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Africa needs affordable and clean baseload power in order to combat the current energy challenge on the continent a leading nuclear energy expert has said.
Mr Viktor Polikarpov, the Regional Vice President for sub-Saharan Africa from Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) said that countries on the continent that are going to embrace nuclear energy are going to not only fight effects of climate change but also have stable electricity supply.
“Countries that go nuclear are assured of security of supply, reduced greenhouse emissions and are able to develop a highly skilled workforce,” he said.
Mr Polikarpov was speaking during the just concluded East Africa Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) in Nairobi. He pointed out that Africa is more than ready to develop new technologies.
The nuclear energy expert said Africa stood a better chance of enhancing its socio-economic development considering nuclear energy as a key contributor to the mix of its energy sources.
He said a comprehensive mix of energy will provide Africa with the energy it needs to reach its highest economic potential. So far, nine African countries have the potential to produce nuclear energy.
Mr Viktor Polikarpov, the Regional Vice President for sub-Saharan Africa from Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) speaking during the just concluded East Africa Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) in Nairobi. Photo By Hannah Amondi.
He said they include Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Egypt, Nigeria and Uganda.
“If you look at the long term cost of nuclear production in comparison to the other energy sources, you will establish that nuclear energy is not only sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly but is also significantly cheaper in the long run,” he added.
In May 2016, ROSATOM and the Kenyan Council for Nuclear Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding and cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.
Among the immediate tasks, Russia and Kenya agreed to conduct consultations on the issues of possible development and signing of an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
The MoU also seeks to create a basis for cooperation of the two countries in the domain of nuclear energy in a wide area of issues, including: assistance in development of Kenyan nuclear energy infrastructure.
It also provides for fundamental and applied research; design, construction and operation of nuclear energy and research reactors; production and use of radio isotopes in the industry, medicine, and agriculture; handling of radioactive waste; training and preparation of specialists in the field of nuclear physics and nuclear energy.
“Nuclear is undoubtedly becoming a global trend. Nuclear power is reliable, environmentally friendly and an affordable source of base load power,” It Mr. Polikarpov said.
He said it can create a platform for continued investment into much needed infrastructure of the country and also nuclear technology made possible the application of nuclear medicine to cure various serious diseases that include oncological diseases and heart diseases.
“With the help of radiation technologies, mankind can improve crop yield and successfully address the challenges related to drinking water. As a result the quality of citizens’ life can be significantly improved.” Mr. Polikarpov concluded.
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