Ghana will decide on the site before the end of the year
AtomInfo.Ru, PUBLISHED 22.02.2022
The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (Nuclear Power Ghana, NPG) will complete by the end of 2022 the selection of a preferred site for the construction of the country's first nuclear power plant.
NPG head Prof. Benjamin J.B Nyarko explained in mid-February comments to the local press that four candidate sites are currently being explored.
In turn, the executive director of NPG Dr. Stephen Yamoah told reporters that the commission analyzes historical data for all four sites.
Upon completion of the work, NPG will prepare a report called "Site Approval Report" and submit it to the regulatory body for review and approval.
"We received a lot of historical data from more than a dozen institutions: seismic data and flood data. We also received information from the Ghana Statistical Office on the population and its projected growth," Yamoa said.
"All this is one of the criteria that we will take into account when choosing a site for a nuclear power plant, because the nuclear plant will not be built in a (densely) populated area, and therefore we need to know data on the current and projected population," he added. Yamoa.
Ghana is among the African countries that have firmly decided to develop nuclear energy. According to the plans, the first nuclear power plant should be built approximately by 2030. The power of the station is being discussed. Recall that in 2013, an NPG representative told AtomInfo.Ru correspondents about 1,000 MW(e) or more.
Ghana is actively cooperating with the IAEA and has ratified 12 major international treaties relating to the use of atomic energy.
Among them are the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, the Convention on Nuclear Safety, the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Installations, the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and a number of other treaties.
In 2015, on the sidelines of the Atomexpo-2015 forum, the Russian Federation and Ghana signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of atomic energy.
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