The Deputy Minister of Energy, Joseph Cudjoe, has said that talks are ongoing between the government of Ghana and its Korean counterpart to deploy Korea’s nuclear technology in Ghana.
He said Ghana’s Embassy in the Republic of South Korea is already engaging Korea, the tenth largest economy in the world, to tap the expertise of the country in nuclear technology.
Mr Cudjoe was speaking at the 2019 Korea-Ghana Energy and Infrastructure Forum in Accra last Wednesday.
The deputy minister said he recently learnt that Korea had a very sound nuclear technology, and noted that it would be in Ghana’s interest to take advantage of Korea’s rich knowledge in its quest to develop nuclear technology.
“I was in Kenya a couple of weeks ago for Africa Nuclear Business Forum. And one of the things I learnt from that forum, talking to international energy experts, was that Korea holds sound nuclear technology.
As Ghana continues to make strides in ensuring constant distribution and supply of electricity and to connect every household to the national grid, the deputy minister said that government would bring nuclear technology in the “mainstream of energy discussions.”
He said: “Ghana stands ready to get acquainted with Korea’s technology in the nuclear power sector.”
Mr Kim Sungsoo, Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea in Ghana, said Korea’s technology in power generation, transmission, transformation and distribution is internationally recognised.
He told the participants, made up of Korean businesses in Ghana, that the government of Korea supported the completion of the first phase of GRIDCO Centre of Excellence at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2017.
Under the project, Mr Sungsoo said the Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) and SUNY Korea signed an agreement with GRIDCo with the government of Korea providing a $2.6 million funding for the establishment of the Centre at KNUST.
BY MALIK SULLEMANA