Mehmet Ceyhan, the Mission Team Leader said they reviewed 19 nuclear infrastructure issues to assess Uganda’s readiness towards construction and operation of the first nuclear power plant that includes legal and regulatory frameworks, management, nuclear security and safety. Others are procurement, site and supporting facilities, funding and financing, human resource development, electrical grid, emergency planning, radiation protection, nuclear fuel cycle, and radiative waste.
International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA has endorsed Uganda’s nuclear energy
power plant development following a successful review of the country’s nuclear infrastructure.
follows the successful accomplishment of the milestone phase one approach required by the
Agency for the development of the national infrastructure for nuclear power that Uganda plans to establish by 2030.
One approach milestones include understanding commitments, obligations and
resource requirements before embarking on a nuclear project. The review follows
a request by the Government to the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review – INIR Mission on
9 May 2019 to
assess the status of the nuclear power programme.
Phase two involves
building specialized nuclear institutions and preparatory work towards
construction, and phase three deals with managing construction and preparing
for commissioning and operation.
Batube, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral
Development says the INIR Mission, backed by the international expert undertook
a week-long audit of Uganda’s nuclear infrastructure development.
Speaking at the
closure of the review on Monday at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Batube revealed that electricity
generation potential from renewable and fossil fuels cannot meet the Vision
2040 development targets, prompting the need for nuclear power in
the future energy mixes.
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Ceyhan, the Mission Team Leadersaid they reviewed 19 nuclear
infrastructure issues to assess Uganda’s readiness towards construction and
operation of the first nuclear power plant that includes legal and regulatory
frameworks, management, nuclear security and safety.
Others are procurement, site and
supporting facilities, funding and financing, human resource development, electrical
grid, emergency planning, radiation protection, nuclear fuel cycle, and radiative
also revealed that the Mission was able to identify some good practices such as
governmental support for the work of the Nuclear
Energy Programme Implementing Organization – NEPIO, including the
provision of resources to implement the nuclear power infrastructure
development activities and early engagement with the local communities.
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The Mission told the Government to finalize its energy policy and its
roadmap for the development of nuclear power to the safe, secure and peaceful
use of nuclear power. It also
recommended Uganda to strengthen its plans to join the relevant international
legal instruments and to develop an adequate legal framework to support its
nuclear power programme.
Further, the Mission recommended that Uganda should further analyse the
preparedness of the electrical grid and continue work in the areas of siting,
environmental protection, financing, and
Minister of State for Mineral Development, Sidronius Okasai Opolot observed that Uganda Vision 2040
recognizes the need to put emphasis on the development of nuclear power to
reduce the energy deficit to provide the baseload needed for industrialization
and energy security.
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Nakadama Issanga, the 3rd Deputy Prime Minister who officiated at the
closure of review engagement says nuclear power is envisaged as one of
the options that will enable Uganda to achieve universal energy access for all
by 2030 as spelt out in Sustainable Development Goal - SDG number 7 on
“affordable and clean energy.”
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Cabinet in April 2015 approved the Nuclear Power Roadmap Development Strategy
2014 – 2016 to guide the development of Nuclear Power infrastructure,
the financial and human resources that are required by the government and other
stakeholders to develop and commission the first power plant in Uganda.
The government concluded
pre-feasibility studies for the introduction of nuclear power in the electricity
generation mix in 2019. Potential sites for the construction of a 2.000 MW
Nuclear Power Project for energy security and industrialization have been
identified in eight cities that include Buyende, Nakasongola and Lamwo Districts among others.