GAEC To Build Nuclear Plant For Power Supply

GAEC  The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), with support from the Energy Commission of Ghana, is to build a nuclear power plant to provide an additional 6,000 mega watts power supply for the country.

The GH¢5 billion plant, is in line with government’s quest to ensure stable power supply in the country. Prof. Shiloh Osae, Director of National Nuclear Research Institute (NNRI), made this known at a scientific lecture organised by GAEC on Wednesday in Accra.

The lecture was on the theme, ‘Strengthening industrial capacity through nuclear science and technology: The role of GAEC.’
Prof. Osae said the nuclear power plant, when built, would enable the country to generate its own power, adding that by the year 2020, Ghana was hopeful of having a stable power.

According to him, GAEC would need the support from private enterprises to partner the government to execute the project, adding that it was working hand in hand with the international bodies that were already into nuclear use, on the kind of reactor that would be suitable for generating electrical power for the country.

He said GAEC was collaborating with the Geological Survey Department to access a suitable site for the project, adding that with close monitoring, they hoped to build a good nuclear plant for the country.

Prof. Osae said there was the need for the inclusion of nuclear energy into the national energy mix policy, to enable the nuclear sector to function more effectively. He said the Nuclear Power Programme would function alongside a backup system that would support it in terms of any difficulty, and hoped that the best plant would be built for the country.

Prof. Osae advised against encroaching on lands for the power plant, as their presence could cause damage to the facility.

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