Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are expected to be a viable nuclear solution to meet energy supply security, both in newcomer and expanding countries. Currently, there are more than 70 global SMR designs under development.
An emerging development is the acceptance by the majority of African countries to the idea of considering the adoption of SMRs. Some African countries have switched their reticence and refusal to assess SMR to a more positive position towards it. In fact, some countries like Rwanda are only considering the deployment of SMRs for their future nuclear energy program.
Against this backdrop, Nuclear Business Platform (NBP) conducted the second edition of its annual Africa SMR Survey which was first launched in 2021 to gain insights and perspectives from the prospective adopters of SMR technology in emerging countries such as those in Africa. It is envisioned that results from this survey will hopefully play a pivotal role in bridge the gap between SMR Developers and end users with the goal of accelerating the deployment of SMR technology especially in emerging countries.
Furthermore, the survey insights will allow African countries to learn about the criteria other countries on the continent are prioritizing as well as provide valuable feedback to SMR developers to refine and streamline their offerings to cater to the African market.
221 senior officials from 43 government organisations across 23 African countries participated in the 2022 survey.