Nuclear energy in Ghana

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There is only one nuclear reactor in Ghana, the Ghana Research Reactor, located in Accra.


The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission has been investigating the use of nuclear power and is a member of the International Nuclear Library Network.[1] The commission is working with the International Atomic Energy Agency to implement nuclear power in Ghana as part of a wider project, Sustainable Energy Development for Sub-Saharan Africa.[2] Ghana also has a Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences which trains undergraduate and postgraduate students in the techniques of nuclear science application in such areas as agriculture, medicine, and research.[3] Both of these organizations focus more on research and the one research reactor located in Ghana than on nuclear power.

The government of Ghana planned to commission the building of a nuclear power plant by 2018. President John Agyekum Kufuor supported the future building of nuclear power plants, seeing it as part of a solution to the country's energy problems. He initiated a Nuclear Power Committee to study the issue. In 2011, the director of the National Nuclear Research Institute, Benjamin Nyarko, also said he believed nuclear power could prevent future energy crises. The ministry has created a section to co-ordinate activities on the nuclear power project.[4] In May 2018 decision was made to build 2 units by Russia or China within 6 years[5].

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  1. ^ "Participating libraries". International Atomic Energy Agency. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ Joe Okyere; Salome Donkor (1 November 2002). "Ghana to adopt nuclear power?". Graphic. Modern Ghana.
  3. ^ Clark, Nancy L. "Electrical Power". A Country Study: Ghana (La Verle Berry, editor). Library of Congress Federal Research Division (November 1994). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.[1]
  4. ^ "Ghana Considering Nuclear Power Option". gov of Ghana. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  5. ^ "GHANA EMBARKS ON NUCLEAR POWER PROJECT". Retrieved 9 August 2018.