28 June 2012

Nigeria: Electricity - FG to Generate 4000MW From Nuclear Power Plants

The Federal Government will generate 4,000 megawatts of electricity from nuclear power plants by 2030, the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), Dr. Franklin Erepamo, said.

Erepamo disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at the inauguration of a hostel and conference centre built by the commission.

"It is envisaged that the meticulous implementation of all the components of the three-phased nuclear power roadmap in a sustainable manner will position Nigeria to generate into the national grid, 1,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020.

"And an additional 3,000 megawatts by 2030 from nuclear power plants.

"The successful implementation of nuclear power programme is a serious national issue and it entails huge resources, both human and material," he said.

He said the nuclear power roadmap for any country included manpower and infrastructure development, design certification, regulation and approval of licence.

Erepamo said that the commission would ensure the safeguard of nuclear security.

He said that the objective of the NAEC was to produce indigenous scientists and engineers to acquire basic understanding of nuclear technology to assist the nation in its economic and industrial development.

He said that the hostel and conference centre would serve as resource base for nuclear power development and training, adding that it would also serve as a regional centre for education, training and workshop.

According to him, NAEC trains specialised corps of scientists, including engineers, technologists and technicians to enhance nuclear development in the country.

Erepamo said that the commission has built six nuclear energy research and training centres across the country, and is partnering with universities and polytechnics in the areas of research and development.

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