In East Africa, the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) has over the past weekend signed a memorandum of understanding with three South Korean nuclear power associations to facilitate its plans of generating nuclear electricity by 2027, reports local radio station Capital FM.
The top three organisations include the Korea Electric Power Corporation, Korea Nuclear Association for International Cooperation and the KEPCO International Graduate School.
The station quoted a media statement released by KNEB, stating that the partnership deal is expected to “enable Kenya [to] obtain expertise from Korea by way of capacity building, specialised training and skills development, as well as technical support for its nuclear power programme.”
KNEB gearing up
“This development comes as KNEB is gearing up for feasibility studies to identify suitable locations/potential sites for Kenya’s nuclear power plants as well as undertaking reactor technology assessment aimed at settling on the best option in terms of nuclear power plant model,” the statement read.
It is reported that the country is planning to set up a first nuclear power plant with a capacity of 1,000MW by the year 2027.
Media reported that a Kenyan delegation has been on a four-day nuclear power cooperation visit to South Korea.
It included a visit to Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Company and the Kori Nuclear Power Plant Complex in Busan.
KNEB’s statement noted that: “This development comes in the wake of an agreement signed between Kenya’s Ministry of Energy and Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in May 2016 during the visit by President Park Geun-hye to Kenya.”
As part of the partnership with South Korea, it is said that 16 Kenyan students have been enrolled over the past three years at the KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School to undertake Master’s degree courses in Nuclear Power Engineering.
Kenya is also engaged in other partnership agreements on nuclear power cooperation with Russia, China and Slovakia.