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Uganda signs deal with Russia for peaceful uses of atomic energy

On Monday, Russia and Uganda signed an agreement for the development of uranium into nuclear power generation.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the side-lines of ATOMEXPO, by Uganda’s state minister for minerals, Simon D’Ujanga and Russia’s deputy director general of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Nikolai Spasskiy in Moscow.

A company press release explained that: “The memorandum is the first agreement in the area of peaceful uses of atomic energy to be signed between the countries. It envisages the bilateral cooperation in wide range of spheres, i.e. development of nuclear infrastructure in Uganda, programmes for raising public awareness of nuclear technologies and its application, radioisotopes and radiation technologies’ application in industrial, medical, agricultural sectors.”

Atomic energy

[quote]The joint working group of Russia and Uganda will define the scope of work for implementation of the initiatives mentioned above.

The parties agreed to cooperate in the feasibility of implementing common projects referred to the development of collaboration in peaceful uses of atomic energy, agreed to be developed under the memorandum.

In reassuring its commitment to the development of nuclear energy worldwide, the the Russian nuclear firm has vowed to participate in a transparent and competitive nuclear procurement bidding process towards its involvement in South Africa’s nuclear energy expansion.

New nuclear generation capacity

In February 2016, the South African President, Jacob Zuma, stated that over the next ten years 9,600MW will be introduced into the country’s nuclear expansion programme.

Through the power plant in Koeberg, the country generates 5% of total electricity supply from nuclear. Read more…

President underlined that the country will procure nuclear on a scale and pace that will be affordable over the next decade.


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