Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Nigeria Wants Commercial Nuclear Power Plants

President Olusegun Obasanjo has established the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) in order to acquire civilian nuclear technology for peaceful applications. Hopefully Nigeria will pursue an aggressive program of building commercial fission plants to produce electricity throughout the country. President Obasanjo has stated that Nigeria is committed to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. There is only one nuclear power plant on the entire continent of Africa and it is located in South Africa.

AAEA has been promoting fission power for African countries, particularly Nigeria, where we opened an office in Lagos a little over a year ago. We have been discussing the feasibility of establishing the equivalent of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in different African countries to facilitate fission plant commercialization. The announcement by President Obasanjo is a good sign that the Nigerian government is prepared to engage fission power. (Hat Tip: Blackelectorate & All Africa. com)

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