Kenya Plans its First Nuclear Power Plant

Nuke For Sale

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Kenyan government plans to develop the first nuclear power plant in the country at a cost of $5 billion.

The proposed 1,000-MW plant, due to enter service in 2027, is expected to help both the reliability and affordability of Kenya’s power grid, Bloomberg reported.

Kenya currently generates 2,299 MW of electricity, mainly from geothermal wells and hydroelectric dams, and the country hopes to triple that capacity by 2020. Construction of the nuclear plant would begin by 2021.

Government officials have finished a grid analysis and is now undertaking a feasibility study. Once the country has settled on a specific technology for the site, it will open the project to bids.

Funding could come from both public-private partnerships and government-to-government agreements.

The Kenyan and South Korean governments signed agreements promising to collaborate on designing, constructing and operating nuclear reactors earlier this year. Kenya hopes to build an additional 4,000-MW nuclear facility by 2033. 

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Shell Leverages Data to Transform from Reactive to Predictive Operations

This 6-page report describes how Shell engaged in a massive project with OSIsoft to transform the...

Selection, Use, Care and Maintenance of FR Clothing

For industries operating in an inherently dangerous environment, the importance of selecting the ...

Evolution or Revolution: IT / OT convergence means a world of possibilities

The oil and gas industry is experiencing a rapid paradigm shift in regards to digital transformat...

Predict, Prescribe, Profit: Creating a World that Doesn't Break Down

What are you doing to reduce unplanned downtime at your plant? Equipment breakdowns and process i...