Nuclear energy in Ghana

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There are currently no nuclear power plants in Ghana, although there is one nuclear research reactor in Ghana as well as plans to build a power plant.[1]

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission has been investigating the use of nuclear power and is a member of the International Nuclear Library Network.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4] Both of these organizations focus more on research and the one research reactor located in Ghana than on nuclear power.

The government of Ghana plans to commission the building of a nuclear power plant by 2018.[1] 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.[1] In 2011, the director of the National Nuclear Research Institute, Benjamin Nyarko, also said he believed nuclear power could prevent future energy crises.[5] The ministry has created a section to co-ordinate activities on the nuclear power project.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Ghana Goes Nuclear 2018". Daily Guide. General News. Modern Ghana. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Participating libraries". International Atomic Energy Agency. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Joe Okyere; Salome Donkor (1 November 2002). "Ghana to adopt nuclear power?". Graphic. Modern Ghana. 
  4. ^ 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]
  5. ^ "Ghana turns to nuclear power for energy security". United Nations. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ghana Considering Nuclear Power Option". gov of Ghana. Retrieved 12 June 2013.