Russia to Help Ghana Develop Nuclear Industry

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Russia is to help Ghana develop its nuclear industry, especially nuclear energy, the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum has announced. It said in a statement issued in Accra on Saturday that the Ministry was scheduled to go into an agreement with the State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia – ROSATOM – on the specifics of joint projects facilitating the implementation of plans by Ghana to develop a nuclear industry.
This would take place in June when a team of Ghanaian officials participate in the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power for 21st Century to be held in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.

The Director General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Professor Benjamin J. Botwe Nyarko, said the move was a follow-up to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Ministry of Energy and ROSATOM last year in which the parties agreed to establish bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

He was speaking in Accra during a courtesy call on the Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Buah, by a ROSATOM delegation.

Professor Nyarko said the parties would meet on the sidelines of the Conference to finalise a MOU detailing the specifics of joint projects facilitating the implementation of plans by Ghana to develop a nuclear industry as well as other joint projects that were of common interest.

The ROSATOM team included Yury A. Sokolov, Vice President, Director-Department of Global Nuclear Infrastructure and Dmitry Bazhenov, Chief Expert, Marketing and Business Development Department. It was accompanied by Igor Degtyarev, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Accra.

Mr. Degtyarev told the Minister that Russia was willing to assist Ghana in developing other power generation alternatives, such as nuclear,  and expressed the hope that they would meet at the Conference.

Mr. Buah said Ghana was committed to considering nuclear energy as a viable option in power generation, adding that the time had come for tangible steps toward the realization of that goal.

He said the increasing demand for power in the country, as a result of economic growth, called for accelerated measures to venture into nuclear power, adding that the time had come for critical consideration of this option.

Mr. Buah said Ghana would ensure that it kept its side of agreement adding, “We are looking forward to working together to ensure that the country develops a nuclear energy infrastructure.”

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