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Monday, 10 March 2014

Kenya Looks to Nuclear Energy

Kenya seems committed to generating at least 1 000 megawatts from nuclear within the next ten years. The country’s deputy president Wiliiam Ruto said recently that the country would develop a nuclear plant alongside other sources of energy such as geothermal, hydro, wind and solar. He said the government was committed to increase the capacity of electricity in the country to 5 000 megawatts in the next 40 months and expressed confidence that this will push the cost of production of energy down from 18 US cents to 10 US cents per unit.

“We want to grow the economy at double digits, deal with unemployment, under-employment by creating more job opportunities in the country,” Ruto said.

Explaining that Kenya has only been able to produce 1 600MW (megawatts) of electricity in the last 50 years, Ruto pledged that the government would triple the production, saying there was ready market for the increased energy in the standard railway and for all of those not yet connected to the national grid.