Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Kenya aims to build a 1,000MW nuclear power plant with 4,000 MW of power from nuclear electricity by 2030, with the first nuclear power plant of 1000MW targeted for completion in 2027.A nuclear power plant is a thermal power station in which the heat source is a nuclear reactor. The heat is used to generate steam which drives a steam turbine connected to an electric generator which produces electricity.
Nuclear energy is powerful, efficient and reliable, with it comes low fuel costs and emits relatively low amounts of carbon dioxide therefore could play a major role in helping Kenya achieve middle income status. Introducing nuclear power in Kenya’s energy mix would immensely make a difference in the country’s energy sector and economy. Nuclear energy generating about 19% of Kenya’s energy needs means that it will be the second largest source of energy in Kenya after Geothermal Power which is also a clean form of energy.
The Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board under the Ministry of Energy mandated to fast track the development of nuclear electricity generation visualizes safe, efficient and reliable nuclear technology for electricity generation. The organization is pushing for establishment of infrastructure necessary for the realization of nuclear energy generation in Kenya.
According to the Kenya Nuclear Energy Board Executive Chairman OchiloAyacko, the nuclear power programme has three key features: a Nuclear Electricity Programme Implementing Organisation (NEPIO) - which is the role KNEB is performing, a regulator who will ensure application of nuclear technology is done safely with safeguards for human life and property and the operator, which is the body that will run the nuclear power plant.
Establishing an independent regulator whereby it will be independent from the promoters and users of to be nuclear energy, is one of the milestones KNEB is undertaking towards putting in place and commissioning a nuclear power plant between 2017 and 2022 to generate electricity and therefore it has plans to thrust for legislation in parliament.
Nuclear Energy implementation requires highly trained manpower prioritizing security and safety to all Kenyans as stated in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s guidelines and because of this, the Government of Kenya through the Kenya Nuclear Energy Board, has sponsored 15 studentsfrom various parastatals in the Ministry of Energy for Masters of science in Nuclear Science degree course at the University of Nairobi, institute of nuclear science and technology.
Other 11 Kenyan students pursuinga comprehensive two-year masters degree programme in nuclear engineering, are currently studying at the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) International Nuclear graduate school sponsored by both the Government of Kenya and the Government of Korea and 11 more scholarships are being offered for Kenyan students to study nuclear operations in Slovakia in Europe, toimprovethe local capability to run all aspects of nuclear power generation.
Nuclear energy will help ease electrical shortages, frequent power outages and constant low voltage of electricity causing huge losses as a result of electrical mishaps and this will attract potential investors thus greatly contribute in achieving Kenya’s vision 2030 of having an installed electricity capacity of about 21,000MW.


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