The fact that Uganda has Uranium seems to always elude most Ugandans and it is a bigger deal than most media agencies have made it to be since Africa has only one country with a nuclear power plant, that is South Africa.
Uganda would be the second country in Africa with nuclear energy capabilities, but these have been clearly stated as peaceful and entirely for commercial power usage.
The eight potential sites for nuclear power plants according to the Minister of Energy, Irene Muloni are in Buyende, Nakasongola, Lamwo, Mubende and Kiruhura districts.
The government expects to get up to more than 30,000 megawatts of electricity from the Uranium deposits and there have already been meetings with experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) led by the Director General, Yukiya Amano from the agencies headquarters in Vienna, Austria since 2017 to work on the On-Site and External Events Design ahead of inspection.
Should Uganda be given a go ahead, there is expectation of the Russian State Atomic Energy Cooperation (ROSATAM) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) which the government signed MOUs with to come in and help with setting up the facilities and harnessing of the power.
The goal is for nuclear power generation to start by the year 2026, although it seems like an unrealistic timeline and also several possible dangers of radiation fall out and reactor instability like what happened at the nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, Ukraine have to be tackled.
President Museveni has been eager and looking forward to this for several years and is a step closer to his goal. He commissioned the Uganda Atomic Energy Council headed by Akisophel Kisolo and it was approved by the Ugandan Parliament in 2008.
This might bump up Uganda’s infrastructural development and growth with the supplementation to the much-anticipated oil exploration underway.
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