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Ghana's nuclear body identifies four sites for first nuclear plant

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana expects to select one of four sites identified for the construction of its first nuclear plant, local media reported here Tuesday.

Dr. Stephen Yamoah, executive director, Nuclear Plant Ghana (NPG), told media professionals at a workshop here that under the first phase of the programme, technical consideration for the establishment of a Nuclear Power Programme in Ghana had been completed.

"Under phase two of the project, the selection of a preferred site is being undertaken, including the analysis of historical data in all four areas".

According to him, the country's nuclear programme "has been justified on the need for alternate baseload power for industrialization, limited hydro sources, postulated decline of gas, tariff reduction for industries, desalination, employment creation and climate change commitments".

Dr. Yamoah said the second phase included the selection process, project structure and integrated management system, selection of vendor or strategic partners and community engagement and stakeholder management".

He said though no disclosures were made particularly on the identified site, seismological installation, geological, geochemical, potential human induced events, grid issues, among others, were already underway.
He said some policy, strategies and detailed planning were being put in place for implementation and project development while considering technical inputs in identifying the particular site for the nuclear power plant.

"We're on course to complete the second phase of the site selection activities next year which ends with the identification of the nuclear plant site by the end of next year," he stated.

He said once the site was selected, attention would be given to the site and detailed and further investigation conducted to be incorporated into the design of the power plant.

He said in June this year, with the support of the Ministry of Energy, Ghana issued a request for information on both technical and financial information from vendors and strategic partners who would provide modular reactors for building the nuclear plant.

-0- PANA  RA  30Nov2021