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Kenya Continues To Chase The Possibility Of Nuclear Power

by Caroline Vutagwa
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 Kenya has the vision of building a power plant by 2025 and is planning to do so dispite clams that it could be dangerous.

To boost this, Students at the University of Nairobi are training for the jobs of the future that is what is planned to be Kenya’s first nuclear power plant. The master’s program at the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology trains 15 students annually to be technicians and engineers.

Institute director David Maina said:”The kinds of things this country is imagining they want to do require a lot of power. And here we have only 1,600 megawatts. What can we do, if you compare that to a country like [South] Korea which has 43,000 megawatts? You see we are a tiny consumer compared to those big economies.”

In the country, it is estimated that 69 percent of the Kenyans do not have electricity in their homes. The nuclear plant will be able to produce up to 1,000 megawatts of power for those homes.

Deputy President William Ruto said: “Kenya’s stated intention of using nuclear energy for electricity generation reflects the sort of thinking which can propel a country from relative mediocrity to the realms of greatness.”

Many other developed nations have turned away from nuclear power following the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant in 2011. Germany is scheduled to close all of its nuclear plants by 2022. In Kenya too, there are those who fear a nuclear plant could invite a Fukushima-type of disaster, or be a target for terrorism.

While nuclear power may be the most productive source, it is also the most costly. The price tag for a single plant is more than $4 billion.

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