The Russian Federation has begun deliberations with the Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) to discuss their collaboration in the area of peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Ahead of its plan to accommodate nuclear in Nigeria’s national grid, the Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) and the Russian Federation have commenced deliberations with the Federal Ministry of Power. The duo also begun discussions with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning on how to accommodate the feasibility study of the plan in the 2022 national budget of the commission.
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NAEC Acting chairman, Prof. Ahmed Yusuf said alongside the delegation, the commission deliberated with the Ministry of Power on how to integrate nuclear into the energy master plan and energy budgeting. According to him, the visit was to discuss the inclusion of nuclear and other renewable energies in the nation’s energy mix or energy basket.
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Yusuf said: “We have discussed with the Federal Ministry of Power what we intend to do and how we intend to do it so that they can factor it into their (Power Ministry) energy master plan and energy budgeting. Nigeria’s energy mix or what we call energy basket will now compromise of renewable, bio [energy] and include nuclear.”
It will be recalled that Nigeria (through the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission) and the Russian Federation (through Russia’s Nuclear Energy Cooperation) have signed three Inter-Governmental Agreements (IGAs) and two broad-based Project Development Agreements (PDAs) for cooperation in the development of nuclear for peaceful purposes.