Int’l experts work on Ghana’s nuclear reactor

Prof. Benyamin J.B. Nyarko (third from right) Prof. Aboh (first from right) and Prof. Yigno (fourth from right) other scientists at the reactor site.

Prof. Benyamin J.B. Nyarko (third from right) Prof. Aboh (first from right) and Prof. Yigno (fourth from right) other scientists at the
reactor site.

Nuclear experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have begun work to replace the spent fuel rod in the country’s nuclear reactor from the Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) to low Enriched Uranium, (LEU)

The fuel in the reactor since its installation some 21 years ago, has reached its maximum level, and must be removed and replaced with new LEU.

The country’s reactor has been used over the years for medical research and other scientific analyses.

Professor Kwame Aboh, Project Director of the Ghana Nuclear Convention Centre of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, said the replacement of LEU had taken place in all countries using the initiative for peaceful purposes.

He said since Ghana took part in the computerisation of its reactor processes, it has closely been monitored by the IAEA and the United States Department for energy, which has helped in using the reactor for learning processes.

 

Prof. Aboh stated that the reactor has assisted scientists and other experts to produce thesis that has helped advanced the country’s industrial and educational activities, aimed at determining the genesis of new products and other medical complications.

He indicated that the process which comes at no cost to government would exhibit the transparency in the country’s nuclear programme.

Prof. Aboh said scientists of GAEC were helping the IAEA team to undertake the conversion process, and would help formulate policies for the promotion of the country’s nuclear reactor.

According to him, the global concern for nuclear threat entreated every country to be transparent in its nuclear programme, to prevent it from being used for negative activities.

Prof. Aboh said the spent fuel would be sent to the manufacturers of the plant for onward submission to the IAEA.

He said the team also had observers from Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Iran, who would be expected to write independent reports on the success or otherwise of the conversion process.

Prof. Aboh said that the process was expected to be completed by September 4, to be followed by the insertion of new LEU core.

The leader of the conversion team, Prof. Li Yigno, commended Ghana for using the reactor for peaceful purposes, and urged GAEC to work harder to advance the industrial and scientific development of the country.

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu 

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