Five suppliers express interest in Ghana nuclear power plant project
Five suppliers have responded to Ghana’s “request for interest” through the Department of Energy for collaboration on the nuclear power program, Ghana News reported on September 30.
Dr Kwaku Afriyie, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, told a press briefing that the suppliers came from the United States, Russia, Canada and South Korea. He said the nuclear power program seeks to build and operate nuclear power plants safely as part of the country’s energy mix to ensure affordable energy for industrial development. He noted that Ghana had exhausted its hydropower base as an energy source and needed to explore other clean options such as nuclear power.
Ghana completed the first phase of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Milestones Approach for the Development of its Nuclear Infrastructure, which included a pre-feasibility study, infrastructure assessment, financing, the technology to be deployed, safety, security and location. Dr Afriyie said the program is now in its second phase, which involved collaboration with suppliers, more in-depth site assessment, procurement, staff recruitment and training, more feasibility studies and signing a contract. He added that the final phase of the project would include the commissioning and operation of the power plant and all the activities necessary to contract, license and build it.
Ghana has operated a miniature research reactor for 25 years and continues to provide training to nuclear scientists from other African countries as well as Pakistani and Iranian students. Dr Afriyie said that some sites have already been identified for the nuclear power plant and that three new seismic equipment purchased and installed at all candidate sites are transmitting data to the Ghana Geological Survey’s national data center.
Earlier in September, the Director General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), Professor Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko, said Ghana’s nuclear power program is expected to generate $ 1.2 billion through the participation of local industry during its implementation.
Addressing the 4th Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition in Accra, he said $ 1.2 billion was a projection based on building a 1,000 MWe nuclear power plant and did not include the benefits that would be accrued. when the plant becomes operational. Professor Nyarko, who is also vice president of the Ghana Nuclear Power Program Organization (GNPPO) and Chairman of the Board of Nuclear Power Ghana (NPG), explained that industrial participation was one of the 19 infrastructure requirements of the IAEA Milestones Approach.