Uganda in the process of becoming Africa’s third nuclear-powered country

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  • The government of Uganda has shown curiosity in the management of its uranium reserves by establishing the first Nuclear plant in East Africa 
  •  China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) will be in alliance with the manufacturing of the Nuclear Plant                       
  •  Immediately, after the conclusion of the project, Uganda could become the second or third African country with a Nuclear Plant, as South Africa has an active Nuclear Plant and Egypt has been building one since 2022.

 

 

 

 

”The Nuclear plant under construction has the capacity to generate 1000 megawatts (MW) from its nuclear power by 2030”, this was a statement made by the Ugandan government on Thursday as part of its agenda to see that there is a diversity in electricity resources and there is transition and speed in dispensing its energy as an important  constituent of its climate change response

 

 

 

One of the reports disclosed by Reuters, an American News Agency is that the Ugandan President disclosed that Uganda as a Nation has rich uranium reserves which he plan to take advantage of to be able to fund this Unique and massive project. The president clearly emphasized that for the purpose of prospective Nuclear Energy Development his administration will capitalize on the country Uranium reserves.

 

 

 

As a result of this, Uganda strike a deal with China that demands that the China National Corporation (CNNC) will help its Nation in establishing the potential needed to drives the exploiting of atomic energy.

 

 

 

The primary nuclear Industry, Buyende Nuclear Power Plant, would be constructed roughly 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of Kampala, according to the Minister of Energy and Mines, Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu in a statement.

 

 

 

“Preparation to evaluate the Buyende Nuclear Power Plant site is ongoing to pave the way for the first nuclear power project expected to generate 2,000 MW, with the first 1000 MW to be connected to the national grid by 2031,” Ruth Nankabirwa stated.

 

 

 

“Uganda is making firm steps to integrate nuclear energy into the electricity generation mix to ensure energy security and provide sufficient electricity for industrialization,” she added.

 

 

 

An American news agency “Bloomberg”, reported in October last year, that Uganda is making efforts to meet and identify potential partners for the development of East Africa’s first nuclear plant, and then determined that this unique project is estimated to  cost $9 billion.

 

 

 

 

Presently, the only Africa country that has an active nuclear plant is South Africa, while Russia’s state-owned energy business Rosatom commenced the construction of Egypt’s first nuclear facility last year.

 

 

 

Uganda has been reported to have just 1,500 MW of installed generating facility, but it is expected that the country energy demand will increase in the coming year as oil export revenues should boom the economy.

 

 

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