“We can also invest in nuclear. Though not renewable it is carbon neutral and capable of producing a baseload, constant electricity production on which sustained economic progress can be built. Nigeria is among a handful of African countries exploring nuclear power, with a research reactor already operational.” – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in his remarks at the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow.
During a recent meeting hosted by Nuclear Business Platform, Dr. Yau Idris, Director General of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority shared that since 2005, Nigeria had made political commitment in the area of building nuclear power plant for electricity generation. Two key agencies were established, as the promoter, The Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), and also the regulator, the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA).
In January 2021, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari approved five new regulations related to the implementation of nuclear power program in Nigeria:
- Nigerian Nuclear Safeguards Regulations, 2021.
- Nigerian Safety of Research Reactors Regulations, 2021
- Nigerian Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials and facilities Regulation, 2021
- Nigeria Safety Regulations for Licensing of site for Nuclear Power Plant, 2021
- Nigerian Uranium Exploration, Mining and Processing Regulations, 2021
Nigeria had also recently revealed the law of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority to incorporate nuclear security and also nuclear power, and the bill has been approved by the national assembly. NNRA is finalizing the bill so that it can be finalized by the national assembly and sent to the President for approval. The bill is expected to be finished by end of 2021. In terms of nuclear power private implementation, Nigeria is in milestone 2 based on the IAEA milestone approach.
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