Presidential Approval for Nuclear in Ghana: Nuclear Policies

September 02, 2022

A statement by President Nana Akufo-Addo transfers the Ghana Nuclear Power Program Organization (GNPPO) from the Ministry of Energy to the Office of the President.

President Akufo-Addo pictured at the COP26 climate change conference in 2021 (Image: Presidency of Ghana)

The GNPPO was formed to oversee the implementation and coordination of the nuclear energy program following a 2008 cabinet decision to include nuclear in the African country’s energy mix. Ghana subsequently declared its intention to pursue a nuclear energy program for peaceful purposes in August 2013, through a letter submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the presidential statement said. An independent nuclear regulator and project company – Nuclear Power Ghana (NPG) – has also been established.

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), through its Technical Institute (NPI-GAEC) with the support of other national bodies, has met all the Phase 1 nuclear infrastructure requirements recommended by the IAEA’s step-by-step approach, the statement added. The IAEA’s Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review missions in 2017 and 2019 “concluded that Ghana has met all of the studies required for the government to make an informed commitment to a nuclear power programme,” it said. he declared. The studies and activities undertaken during Phase 1 of the nuclear power program have been compiled into a comprehensive program report (CPR).

“I hereby announce and instruct the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Minister for Energy (MoE), together with the Chief of Staff Office of the President, to take all necessary steps to transfer the Ghana Nuclear Power Program Organization (GNPPO) from the Ministry of Energy to the office of the President, in order to improve the smooth coordination between the key institutions already established,” the President said. GAEC and NPI-GAEC will continue to support the GNPPO in the office of the President after the realignment.

The statement also indicates that the government has adopted the contents of the PCR “as a reflection of the nuclear infrastructure problems in the country”, and is committed to “pursue their transparency, the respect of the strict standards of safety, security and of responsibility in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology and continue its efforts to implement the nuclear power program in the later phases of the program by using nuclear technology to generate electricity in order to accelerate national development and industrialization. “

According to information from the World Nuclear Association, Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation said in 2021 that five suppliers – from the United States, Russia, Canada and South Korea – had responded to a request for interest in helping the country build its first power plant. , with the hope that a contract for a 1 GWe plant would be signed during 2024-2025. Earlier this year, the United States said it supported Ghana’s adoption of small modular reactor technology under the Department of US state.

Research and writing by World Nuclear News

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