The Kenyan government has identified construction sites for a nuclear power plant — potentially the first on the continent outside South Africa.Rolex Kirui, a senior engineer for the Kenyan government, says that one site has been identified near the Kenyan coast and construction is scheduled to begin once an ongoing environmental study has been completed. He says that a second potential site has been identified in western Kenya, bordering Lake Victoria.
Kenya has a shortage of 3,000 megawatts of electricity for the country. Kenya generates just 1,100 megawatts of electricity per year and its electricity production is ranked twenty-second in Africa.
The project will cost an estimated 80 billion Kenyan shillings (US$1 billion).But it will take at least five years before the plant is operational as extensive inspection must be carried out by authorities such as the Radiation Protection Board and the National Environmental Management Authority. Construction could begin as early as September 2010 once a feasibility study is complete
South Africa is the only African nation to have a fully operational
nuclear power plant. Egypt and Nigeria are in the process of planning
their own plants but Kenya is the first to both identify a site and
undergo an environmental study.