“Kenya has given thorough consideration to the infrastructure that will be necessary to implement nuclear power.”
An Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission, headed up by a team at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Kenya, has revealed that the east African country is making significant progress towards the implementation of nuclear power.
The mission, which concluded in eight days, evaluated infrastructure development for Kenya’s proposed nuclear power programme.
According to mission leader, Jose Bastos: “Kenya has given thorough consideration to the infrastructure that will be necessary should the country decide to proceed with the development of a national nuclear power programme.”
The 10-person INIR team, which is comprised of experts from South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom as well as IAEA staff, stated that Kenya had made notable progress in key areas, such as capacity building, stakeholder involvement and reviewing infrastructure requirements in a comprehensive manner.
The review offered suggestions and recommendations for the further development of the sector, which is intended to increase electricity supply in that country.
These included the establishment of key goals and requirements to guide the nuclear power programme and the necessary legal and regulatory framework.
To facilitate the use of nuclear energy in Kenya, the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum have set up the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB), which will be responsible for the development and implementation of atomic energy.
KNEB executive chairman and CEO Ochilo Ayacko said: “Kenya is committed to a successful nuclear power programme, with the aim of providing affordable, reliable, competitive, and safe electricity.
“This gives us the impetus to proceed towards the next stages and gives the government a good framework of the actions and issues requiring further development.”