Gov’t ‘serious’ about nuclear energy

May 29, 2017
Source: Eugene Davis l thebftonline.com l Ghana
Gov’t ‘serious’ about nuclear energy

Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, has said government is serious about adding nuclear energy to the country’s power generation mix to provide reliable power to spur the country’s much sought industrial drive.

According to the Minister, since 1992 when the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission was established, the country has stalled in its quest to push through nuclear energy as one of the means of generating power.

“Now has come the time for us to take nuclear seriously and make strides to make sure that we include nuclear energy as part of our generation mix.

I believe that nuclear energy will enlarge the power trading proposed under the West Africa power agreement and make it self-sufficient in generation of its energy mix,” he told B&FT in an interview after the submission of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Report in Accra.

The Ghana Nuclear Power Programme is being developed in accordance with a roadmap document of the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organisation (GNPPO).

The roadmap document is based on the framework provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Milestone Approach for the Development of National Nuclear Infrastructure for New Nuclear Power Programmes.

IAEA successfully conducted an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission to assess Ghana’s Phase 1 Nuclear Power Programme.

According to the Minister: “It is my hope that the construction works of Ghana’s first Nuclear Power Plant, which is the phase 3 of the nuclear agenda will commence according to our national nuclear roadmap. The production of adequate electrical power, will serve as a strong backbone for the West African Power Pool (WAPP).”

Prof. Benjamin Nyarko, Director General of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, stated that the GNPPO is poised for action and commended all the stakeholders who have contributed to the success of the programme so far.

“I believe with strong government ownership and funding support we can accomplish the task ahead. In the immediate future, our goal is to complete all outstanding Phase 1 issues on time and to kick start the Phase 2 feasibility project and contracting activities in 2018.”

The GNPPO roadmap is divided into three Phases, with the first phase focusing on the development of the 19 infrastructure projects that would help the country make a knowledgeable commitment to a nuclear power programme.

The second phase of the programme focuses on the project feasibility and contracting issues and includes further development of the various infrastructure that was started in Phase 1 of the programme.

The final phase marks the construction and commissioning period for the country’s first nuclear power plant project.