NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Friday signed an agreement with
three nuclear power firms from Republic of Korea (ROK) on
developing nuclear energy in Kenya as parts of efforts to
diversify sources of energy.
Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) said it signed a
partnership deal with the Korea Electric Power Corporation
(KEPCO), Korea Nuclear Association for International
Cooperation (KNAIC) and the KEPCO International Graduate
School (K-INGS) to up its plans to establish a nuclear
power plant by the end of 2027.
partnership deal will enable Kenya to obtain expertise
from Korea by way of capacity building, specialized
training and skills development, as well as technical
support for its nuclear power program,” KNEB said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
Under the deal
which was signed in ROK, Kenya will obtain firsthand
knowledge of ROK’s nuclear power technology.
development comes as KNEB is gearing up for feasibility
studies to identify suitable locations or potential sites
for Kenya’s nuclear power plant as well as undertaking
reactor technology assessment aimed at settling on the
best option in terms of nuclear power plant model.
As part of the
partnership with ROK, 16 Kenyan students have been
enrolled over the past three years at the K-INGS to
undertake masters degree courses in nuclear power
Apart from the
agreement with ROK, Kenya has previously signed nuclear
power cooperation pacts with Russia, China and Slovakia.
Kenya plans to set up a first nuclear power plant with a
capacity of 1000MW by 2027.