East Africa’s largest economy is scheduled to put an end to its electricity problems with the upcoming construction of a nuclear power plant that will generate 1000MW.
Kenya mostly relies on dirty thermal plants which cannot meet the country’s electricity demand of a middle-income economy by 2030.
Justus Wabuyabo Kenya’s CEO of the Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) said on Monday that the country is expected to float international tenders for the construction of the nuclear power facility.
It should be remembered that in 2021, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) approved Kenya’s request to setting up the infrastructure for the plants.
“We will do the bidding stage, as anytime between 2026 and 2027 and start construction in 2027. Construction ranges six to ten years so we are looking at 2034-35 to commission the first plant,” Mr Wabuyabo said.
“We are now focusing on Kilifi and Kwale as our ideal sites. They have met most of the criteria but before we determine the final site we have to do a detailed scientific study as provided for by IAEA like seismic tests,” he added.
Geothermal energy accounted for the biggest share of the electricity generated as of May with a share of 45.21 percent followed by hydro (21.05 percent), wind (16.08 percent), and solar at 3.92 percent.
Meanwhile, Kenya has over the years been sending dozens of students abroad to developed economies using nuclear energy, to boost their skill sets and ensure that the country does not wholly import the labour.