(Xinhua) -- Kenya is considering putting in place a law
to fast track development of nuclear energy, a government official
said on Thursday.
Simon Kachapin, chief administrative
secretary of the ministry of energy and petroleum, told
journalists in Nairobi that the nuclear regulatory bill
was recently passed by cabinet and will soon be tabled
“The law will provide a framework that
will guide and provide oversight for the implementation
of nuclear power plants as per international standards,”
Kachapin said during the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) certification presentation
ceremony for the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB).
Kachapin said Kenya is currently
assembling all the necessary infrastructure so that it
can begin construction of a 1000-megawatt nuclear power
plant by 2022.
KNEB is further undertaking sites
studies geared at identifying potential sites for
nuclear power plants in Kenya.
Kachapin said the ideal site will
ensure Kenya exploits nuclear power in an
environmentally sustainable way.
He said nuclear power will help Kenya
further diversify its sources of energy that is
currently dominated by hydro, geothermal and thermal
The official observed that Kenya also
needs to rely on nuclear power to reach the goal of
having an electricity generating capacity of about
30,000 MW up from the current estimate of 2,400 MW.
Kachapin said the government has
already made good strides in the endeavor to commission
nuclear power plant including review of its nuclear
power program report card by the International Atomic
The nuclear agency said it is
undertaking stakeholder involvement activities to
sensitize Kenyans on nuclear technology and its intended
use for power generation.