Nuclear energy in Kenya

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In September 2010 Former Energy and Petroleum Ministry PS Patrick Nyoike announced that Kenya aims to build a 1,000 MW nuclear power plant between 2017 and 2022.[1] The projected cost using South Korean technology is US$3.5 billion.[2] Nuclear and renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar and geothermal plants could play a major role in helping Kenya achieve middle income status, as the reduction of carbon emissions becomes a higher priority.


Nuclear Energy programme[edit]

Kenya has embarked on a programme to see the country generate 1 GW (1,000 MW) from Nuclear sources between 2020 and 2022. By 2030 Kenya is slated to have installed a capacity of 4 GW of Nuclear energy, generating about 19% of Kenya's energy needs. Meaning that nuclear power will be the second largest source of energy in Kenya coming only second after geothermal power which is also a clean form of energy.

The Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board is in charge of spearheading this sector in the country.

Capacity-building programme[edit]

  • 15 students sponsored by Government of Kenya (GoK) for Masters in Nuclear Science at The University of Nairobi
  • 11 Kenyan students currently studying at The KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School (KINGS) under sponsorship by both the Government of Korea and Kenya.[4]
  • 11 more scholarships are being offered for Kenyan students to study nuclear operations in Slovakia.[5][6]

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