CNNC, Uganda, Sign Nuclear Power MOU

Uganda has taken another step forward in its pursuit of nuclear power for domestic generation, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the China National Nuclear Corporation that will promote the use of radioactivity for civil projects involving agriculture, medicine and manufacturing.

Uganda's flagUganda's cabinet approved of a pursuit of electricity generation through nuclear technology in 2015. The country's Ministry of Energy was assigned the tasks of planning for future energy supply and selecting a site for the country's first nuclear power plant. Various sites have been studied and the International Atomic Energy Agency has conducted a preliminary SEED mission to Uganda, which advises country's in pursuit of nuclear power on infrastructure and organizational planning required to meet international standards for safety and security.

Potential sites include Lamwo, Kiruhura, Mubende and Buyende.

The recent MOU was signed by CNNC Chairman Wang Shoujun and Uganda's Ministry of Energy head Irene Muloni.

While the MOU focuses on domestic applications for radioactivity, the signing also included discussions and presentations on development and construction of a Hualong One reactor, the model China has developed as its current export design, the World Nuclear Association reported. In turn, Muloni presented Uganda as actively targeting nuclear power for electricity generation.

The goal in Uganda is to generate 30,000 megawatts of electricity through nuclear technology by 2026, making use of Uganda's domestic supply of uranium in the process.

Uganda, which signed a nuclear power agreement with Russian concerns in June 2017, is listed as one of 45 countries with no domestic reactors that are planning to develop nuclear power for electricity generation. Neighboring Kenya and Tanzania are also actively pursuing a domestic nuclear power program.

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