Russia to build Ghana’s first nuclear power plant
Russian technocrats will build Ghana’s first nuclear power plant as preparatory works are underway, officials at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) have said.
A Daily Graphic publication sighted on the Energy Ministry’s website December 1, 2011 said, the nuclear plant, undertaken by the Ghana government in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is expected to be completed by 2020 with a medium-size reactor also expected to be completed by 2018.
Speaking at a one-day seminar on IAEA Project Planning for Sustainable Development Programme in Accra, the publication cited Prof Benjamin Nyarko, Deputy Director-General of GAEC, saying a team led by the Minister of Energy, Dr Joe Oteng-Adjei, visited Russia recently and met with some experts in the field of nuclear energy to discuss details of the plant.
The project is aimed at developing a long-term comprehensive energy supply plan for Ghana.
By Ekow Quandzie
Excellent excellent excellent idea and long overdue. This is the original plan of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah but went to waste when he was overthrown including the equipment he purchased and hope this time the leaders will be swift moving forward.
Developing countries should learn from mistakes of already developed countries and try develop their economies in a sustainable way and take the sustainable and friendly technologies for them. Everyone has forgotten the Fukushima and Chernobil desasters? Nobody knows the still persistent problems in these and neighbour countries? I would like to have responsible decision makers because from their decisions depend the life of their citizens!!