NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Regional expert has called on African countries to
consider nuclear energy as a key contributor to the mix of its
energy sources to help ease electricity shortage.
Polikarpov, Regional Vice President of sub-Saharan Africa at Rosatom,
Russia-based global actor on the world’s nuclear technology market,
said nuclear energy’s long-term benefits far outweigh those of
"In order to combat the current energy challenge faced by East
Africa and the rest of the continent, Africa needs affordable and
clean baseload power.
"Countries that go nuclear are assured of security of supply,
reduced greenhouse emissions and are able to develop a highly
skilled workforce," Polikarpov said at the East Africa Power
Industry Convention (EAPIC) in Nairobi.
He pointed out that Africa is more than ready to develop new
technologies, adding that a comprehensive mix of energy will provide
Africa with the energy it needs to reach its highest economic
So far, nine African countries have the potential to produce
He said nuclear is undoubtedly becoming a global trend because
it’s reliable, environmentally friendly and an affordable source of
base load power.
"If you look at the long-term cost of nuclear production in
comparison to the other energy sources, you will establish that
nuclear energy is not only sustainable, efficient and
environmentally friendly but is also significantly cheaper in the
long run," Polikarpov added.
In May, Rosatom and the Kenyan Council for Nuclear Energy signed
a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and cooperation in the field of
Among the immediate tasks, the two sides agreed to conduct
consultations on the issues of possible development and signing of
an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of the
use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
The MoU also seeks to create a basis for cooperation between
Kenya and Russia in the domain of nuclear energy in a wide area of
assistance in development of Kenyan nuclear energy
fundamental and applied research;
construction and operation of nuclear energy and research reactors;
use of radio isotopes in the industry, medicine, and