Despite the backdrop of the COVID pandemic now into the second year, many African countries remain resolute that nuclear energy could be the answer to their energy woes and to increase their level of energy security. What is heartening is the increase in government support for nuclear energy development in countries like Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Zambia, Rwanda and Niger.
Looking back at 2021, key developments in the nuclear energy sector in Africa include:
- Ghana issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to assess the nuclear power plant technologies available on the market in June which saw fifteen vendors from China, France, Canada, Korea, Russia and USA had responding to the RFI
- The IAEA holding two Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) missions in Africa, in Kenya (June) and Uganda (November), to assess the countries’ progress on their nuclear infrastructure development
- The government of Nigeria approved and passed into law five nuclear regulations in January
- South Africa affirming plans for a new 2,500 MW nuclear power plant to end the procurement process by 2024
- Radiation Protection Authority announcing in October that it is ready to regulate the use of nuclear technology in Zambia
- Rwanda planning to sign the contract for the feasibility studies in the near term
- Niger confirming that it is resolutely committed to carrying out a nuclear power program included in all its political development programs
The report summarizes the key industry updates and developments in the African nuclear energy market in 2021. We hope it will provide readers with vital insights, which shall help you to develop key sustainable strategies for your business.