Africa looks to civilian nuclear power to meet rising power demand

By bne IntelliNews January 5, 2010
Africa is looking at civilian nuclear power to meet the rising demand forpower. Nuclear power is seen as a long-term solution to high fuel costs as wellas a way to cut carbon emissions, although it is less attractive now that oilprices have dropped again. South Africa is the only African country to havean operational nuclear power plant, but several countries have plants in thepipeline. According to Reuters Algeria will have its first commercial nuclearpower plant around 2020 and a second plant about five years after that. Kenya has had a 1,000MW nuclear plant in theplanning stages since 2008 and uranium producers Namibiaand Nigeralso plan to build nuclear power stations to solve the energy shortage in theregion. South Africasnext nuclear power plant will be running in 2020.

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