Can Kenya establish a nuclear power plant?

Kenya has began a nuclear technology assessment study in order to determine the right technology to use to build nuclear power plant.
Nuclear technology is not just used to supply electricity to the grid; it is in a wide variety of other uses such as medicine, heating and space travel,Nuclear medicine and Maintenance of Radiometric Systems (Babcock).

Nuclear medicine uses radiation to allow doctors to make a quick, accurate diagnosis of the functioning of person’s specific organs, or to treat them. Radiotherapy can be used to treat some medical conditions, especially cancer, using radiation to weaken or destroy particular targeted cells

Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) Acting Technical Affairs Director Winnie Ndubai told Xinhua in Nairobi that the technology selected will have to meet local conditions.

“The size of the power plant to be built, safety and water requirements will determine the technology to be deployed to build a nuclear power plant. At this point Kenya has not selected a nuclear technology,” she said.

“We are starting now to assess possible technologies to use in order to meet target of setting up a nuclear power plant when it is needed,” Ndubai added.

Kenya has also signed a number of Memorandum of Understandings with several nuclear producing countries in order to select the right technology to use.

In 2015, Kenya requested the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to conduct an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review of its nuclear development programme.

KNEB said that Kenya needs to rely on nuclear power plants because it will exhaust its geothermal, hydro and other sources of power in the next 20 years.

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