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Nuclear Still Uganda's Priority in Electricity Mix- Muloni

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Training is going on of staff in nuclear for them to operate two units of nuclear plants each with 1000 MW of electricity.
22 Sep 2017 17:34
Uganda recently hosted a conference on safe application of nuclear including energy

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The government of Uganda is not about to ditch plans to build two nuclear power plants as one of the power sources for Uganda in the near future.

Energy and Mineral Development Minister Eng. Irene Muloni says that the country badly seeds to tap into other renewable energy sources like nuclear technology to supplement hydropower which is the main source of energy for Ugandan users.

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Under the Nuclear Power Roadmap Development Strategy 2014-2016, Uganda envisages tapping into the existing uranium resources for power generation if the country is to meet the installed electricity of 41,738 megawatts by 2040.

Muloni says  pre-feasibility studies for nuclear power development are on-going with support from International Atomic Energy Agency.  She says a final preliminary Site Survey Report was prepared by the Siting and Technology Deployment Working Group (STDWG and that preparation for detailed site survey in Buyende, Kamuli, Kayunga and Nakasongola Districts were made.

Training is going on of staff in nuclear for them to operate two units of nuclear plants each with 1000 megawatts of electricity.  Nuclear power plants use the heat generated from nuclear fission in a contained environment to convert water to steam, which powers generators to produce electricity.

However, the mention of nuclear for power generation sends shivers within sections of the Ugandan public. Some have said it is too costly while others doubt Uganda's ability to handle the environmental consequences of nuclear power.

But Derrick Cheriberi, a trainee Nuclear Science and Technology Officer at the Nuclear Energy Unit says nuclear energy is not a threat.

The Nuclear Energy Unit has at least seven people abroad undertaking specialized training in fields including nuclear science and technology, quantum engineering, international nuclear law and policy and nuclear engineering.

Cheriberi is one of the officials at the Ministry of Energy who have been to countries like Russia and China to see how the technology works.  He says many of those opposing it don't have information about how nuclear technology works.

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Uganda and Russia signed a deal on the development of uranium into nuclear power for peaceful purposes in June this year. The Memorandum of Understanding which was signed by Uganda's State Minister for Minerals, Simon D'Ujanga and Russia's Deputy Director-General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Nikolai Spasskiy includes collaboration in the areas of radiology and physical security.

A high-resolution Airborne Geophysical Survey conducted in 2004 covering around 80 percent of the country, showed that show that Uganda has about 52,000 square kilometres of uranium prospects.

President Museveni has repeatedly spoken out against exporting Uranium in its raw form, insisting on exploiting it to make up for the country's energy deficit. Uganda's nuclear energy plans are also supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which works on technology development in nuclear-related applications.

The agency plans to help Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Jordan, Morocco, and Sudan to develop their Nuclear Power Human Resources Planning (NPHR) by end of 2017.

Uganda was one the countries that participated at the the 61st Regular Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency's  General Conference held at Vienna International Centre, Vienna – Austria from September 18 – 22, 2017.

Engineer Irene Muloni  represented the government while the Alternate Head of delegation was Ambassador Marcel Tibaleka, the Resident Representative to the IAEA / Head of Mission, Embassy of Uganda – Berlin.