Zambia’s National Nuclear Policy And Legal Framework For Nuclear Program Implementation
In December 2020, Zambia launched a National Nuclear Policy and the Nuclear Programme Implementation Plan meant to provide guidance to the country’s national nuclear program. In this edition of NBP Hotseat, Nuclear Business Platform Head of Africa, Ibrahim Ababou sat down with Dr. Reuben Katebe who is the National Coordinator of the Nuclear Programme Implementing Unit within the Ministry of Higher Education of Zambia to get his insights and views on the latest nuclear energy program developments in Zambia, highlights in 2021 and future plans.
Latest Developments and Nigeria’s Approach Towards Developing Nuclear Power
Nigeria has been making tremendous strides in introducing nuclear energy in the country. The country is currently in Phase 2 of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Milestones approach. In this edition of NBP Hotseat, Nuclear Business Platform Head of Africa, Ibrahim Ababou spoke with Prof. Ahmed Yusuf Aminu who is the Chairman and CEO of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission on the latest nuclear energy program developments in Nigeria, highlights in 2021 and future plans.
Two Major Developments of Ghana’s Nuclear Power Program in 2021
Significant developments happened in 2021 in Ghana’s nuclear power program. Dr. Stephen Yamoah, Executive Director, Nuclear Power Ghana (NPG) shared about the progress of Ghana’s nuclear program including their strategic partnership with the local media and basing their Phase 2 activities on four thematic areas during NBP Hotseat.
Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Highlights in 2021
Nigeria is making significant progress towards the introduction of nuclear energy in the country. On the regulatory front, significant developments took place in 2021 including five new bills signed into law. Dr. Yau Idris, Director General of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) shares his views and insights on the key regulatory highlights in Nigeria in 2021 during NBP Hotseat.
SMR Advantages and Challenges
Emerging countries are leaning towards SMRs as their choice of nuclear technology. Why is this the case? What are the advantages and challenges of SMRs? What should SMR developers do differently? Do large reactors still have a role to play? George Borovas, Head of Nuclear from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP shares his views and insights on the subject during NBP Hotseat.
Latest Update on Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project in India
Nuclear Business Platform recently spoke with Vakisasai Ramany who is the Senior Vice President Development, New Nuclear Projects & Engineering from EDF on the Latest Update on Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP) in India. EDF in April 2021 submitted to the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) a binding techno-commercial offer for 6 EPR reactors at the Jaitapur site, Maharashtra, India. This is a major milestone and an important step towards the materialization of this flagship project.
Top Three Challenges Facing New Nuclear Programs
Nuclear Business Platform spoke with George Borovas, Head of Nuclear from Hunton Andrews Kurth on the current top three challenges facing new nuclear programs. George Borovas is head of the firm’s Nuclear practice and Managing Partner of the Tokyo office. George advises governments, lenders and sponsors on the development of civilian nuclear power programs and the financing and construction of nuclear power plants. He has worked on projects and transactions in the UK, the US, Russia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, China, Australia and South Africa. Hunton Andrew Kurth has a full scope nuclear practice advising on most high profile nuclear power projects around the world including the unique experience advising governments on program development including UAE and Egypt.
Interview with Dr. Salem Hamdi, Director General, Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA)
The Arab Atomic Energy Authority is a specialized Arab scientific organization working within the League of Arab States and concerned with nuclear science and its applications in the peaceful field. It also seeks to develop joint Arab scientific work and keep pace with global scientific and technical progress in this field. The authority is also focused on creating a scientific and technical awareness of the Arab citizen in nuclear sciences and the fields of its peaceful uses, and working to create a qualitative scientific and technical leap in the course of Arab civilization development. Established in 1989 and headquartered Tunis, the AAEA has fourteen member states.
Interview with Khalid El Mediouri, Director General, National Center for Energy and Nuclear Science and Technology (CNESTEN), Morocco
Morocco’s National Center for Energy and Nuclear Science and Technology (CNESTEN) is a public research body in nuclear science and technology, providing services for the benefit of socio-economic operators and providing technical support to public authorities in matters of nuclear and radiological safety and security. Internationally, and particularly in the African region, CNESTEN continues to play an active role by sharing its know-how, through training, expertise and laboratory analysis services
Michell Bearings approach to Make in India for the nuclear sector
In 2020, Michelle Bearings celebrated 100 years of bearing excellence. Michell Bearings is part of the British Engines Group and is a global leader in the design and manufacture of hydrodynamic bearings for nuclear power plants.
During this NBP Hotseat interview, Michell Bearings shared its company strategy on delivering product solutions for the Indian nuclear power projects in line with the Government of India objectives for localisation and Indian manufacturing content.
Interview with Simon Irish, CEO, Terrestrial Energy
Terrestrial Energy is a developer of Generation IV advanced nuclear power plants that use its proprietary Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) technology. IMSR technology represents true innovation in cost reduction, versatility and functionality of nuclear power plants. The firm is engaged with regulators and industrial partners to complete IMSR engineering and to commission the first IMSR power plants in the late 2020s.