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Kenya pursuing nuclear energy

17 May 2012 – Kenya’s Business Daily reports that Kenya Power has begun recruiting staff to manage its planned nuclear energy project

The company has called for applications for a project feasibility team leader, internal auditor, financial accountant, procurement officer, legal assistant, audit assistant and an ICT officer related to plans to build a nuclear energy project.

The country’s ministry of energy has plans to build a 1,000 MW nuclear plant at a cost of about US$1 billion.

Kenay’s Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) estimates that peak power demand in the country stands at about 1,200 MW against an installed capacity of 1,500 MW and it is projected that the country will require at least 1,800 MW of power by 2016.

Apart from South Africa, Nigeria is the only other country in sub-Saharan Africa with plans to build nuclear power plants to meet a major part of its electricity demand by 2015.