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Russian nuclear firm Rosatom and a non-profit organisation, the African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote public awareness in nuclear and the industry opportunities for youth.

Engineering News reported that the MoU is the organisations first steps to gain interest from several other stakeholders to drive and achieve its objectives.

The African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN)

The Kenyan Ministry of Education and the Kenyan Nuclear Electricity Board initiated the non-profit earlier this year.

The objective is to provide youth across the continent with the necessary information and support to assist them in making an informed decision when entering the nuclear industry.

Rosatom regional VP for sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov said the Russian powerhouse attached great importance to working with youth in the nuclear industry, particularly in Africa, Engineering News reported.

“Nuclear is the future in Africa,” he said.

Investing in Egypt

Earlier this month, the Egyptian minister of parliamentary affairs, Omar Marwan, confirmed that the Russian nuclear deal to develop four power stations is firmly on the table, Ahram news reported.

Speaking at a press conference, Marwan said: “The government has no intention of backtracking the deal because it’s very important to Egypt.”

He added: “The government wanted to ensure that the safety measures will be in place before signing the deal, so the stations would cause no harmful radiation in the future.”

In November 2015, the Egyptian electricity and renewable energy minister, Mohamed Shaker el-Markabi and the head of Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Sergey Kiriyenko, signed two agreements for the funding and development of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant (NPP).

In February that same year, Egypt’s federal government announced that they had entered into an agreement with Russia to develop the country’s first nuclear power plant, which has an estimated cost of $20 million (ZAR252 million). Read more…

The selected site for the nuclear power plant is in the North-West of the country and will comprise of four 1,200MW nuclear reactors.

At the time, Kiriyenko said: “This is comprehensive cooperation. Moreover, it presumes that Russia will also provide relevant financial support in the form of an intergovernmental loan.”

 

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