Kenya about to go nuclear?

Kenya is reportedly looking to generate much of their electricity with nuclear energy. According to reports, including an article on Voice of America’s website, the country wants a nuclear program to be up and running in about 15 years.

Today, over 80 per cent of Kenyans do not have access to electricity, instead relying on firewood and kerosene to generate energy Electricity is expensive, and the supply is limited.

“If the cost of electricity can be reduced, then more of our people will be having access to electricity and with that other uses of electricity – like cooking, for example, our children being able to read. It will enhance the standard of living of our people if we have nuclear energy in the energy mix in the near future,” David Otwoma, secretary of the Kenyan Energy Ministry’s Nuclear Electricity Development Project said.

The first step towards a full nuclear program for the Kenyans has been the opening of a Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology.

Visiting said institute’s website presents what might both be a public relations gaffe and/or a PR masterstroke, as one of top pictures is of some people installing solar panels. Reassuring, yes, but surely not something that says ‘nuclear power’?

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