Taishan nuclear plant with Areva EPR reactors. Courtesy of Areva.

China General Nuclear to Develop Kenya's First Nuclear Power Plant

China General Nuclear (CGN) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Kenya on the development of nuclear power in Kenya. The agreement was signed during a visit by Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board representatives to CGN’s Daya Bay nuclear power plant in China’s Guangdong province.

The new plant will be based  CGN’s Hualong 1 technology. In addition to analyzing the technology, the agreement calls for comprehensive cooperation in nuclear power development and capacity building in Kenya. This will include research and development, construction, operation, fuel supply, nuclear safety, nuclear security, radioactive waste management and decommissioning, World Nuclear News said in a report.

Kenya has a massive need for new power capacity. Only 30 percent of Kenya’s population of 44 million have electricity. The government plans to increase generating capacity from 2 GWe to 5GWe by 2016 and grow to 17GWe by 2030 under its Vision 2030 program.

Earlier this month, a team from the  International Atomic Energy Agency team conducted an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review mission to Kenya and concluded the country had made “significant progress” in its preparations to develop a nuclear power infrastructure.

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