Monday, May 06, 2013

Russia To Help Ghana Develop Nuclear Industry

Russia is to help Ghana develop its nuclear industry the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum has announced. It said in a statement issued in Accra on Saturday that the Ministry was scheduled to go into an agreement with the State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia - ROSATOM - on the specifics of joint projects facilitating the implementation of plans by Ghana to develop a nuclear industry.

This would take place in June when a team of Ghanaian officials participate in the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power for 21st Century to be held in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.

The Director General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Professor Benjamin J. Botwe Nyarko, said the move was a follow-up to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Ministry of Energy and ROSATOM last year in which the parties agreed to establish bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The ROSATOM team included Yury A. Sokolov, Vice President, Director-Department of Global Nuclear Infrastructure and Dmitry Bazhenov, Chief Expert, Marketing and Business Development Department. It was accompanied by Igor Degtyarev, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Accra.

Mr. Degtyarev told the Minister that Russia was willing to assist Ghana in developing other power generation alternatives, such as nuclear, and expressed the hope that they would meet at the Conference. (
African Scientific Institute) 

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