Ghana announces site for nuclear power plant

The government of the Republic of Ghana will announce the location and supplier for the deployment of Ghana's first commercial nuclear power plant, Deputy Energy Minister William Owuraku Aidoo has said.

The project developer, Ghana Nuclear Power Corporation (NPG), has submitted a report on four coastal sites (identified at the end of 2021) and five international suppliers to the Cabinet for assessment and approval following a feasibility assessment.

The Deputy Minister said on 19 July that the deployment of nuclear energy in Ghana is in line with the country's green energy commitment and the Government's short to medium term strategy to improve industrialization and socio-economic development within the West African country. The government is taking steps to finalise the preferred site for Ghana's first nuclear power plant and has issued a Request for Information (RFI) as part of the necessary process to identify supplier countries and nuclear technologies. Currently, the RFI report is under review and the government will announce a decision on suppliers and technologies soon.

Ghana announces site for nuclear power plantIn 2012, the Ghana Nuclear Power Organization Plan established a three-stage approach to introduce a sustainable, affordable and reliable base-load generation option within the country, and a Memorandum of understanding on peaceful uses of atomic energy was signed in the same year.

NPG is currently in the second phase of the plan, which involves the preparations needed to build the plant after carrying out technical studies, policies and power sector assessments, and Dr Stephen Yamaoh, executive director of the project developer, had said the deliverables of the second phase would include site approvals and assessment reports.

The Ghanaian government has set a target for the country's first nuclear reactor to be operational by 2030.

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