Kenya defers nuclear plans
19 November 2020
Kenya’s nuclear development plans have been deferred beyond the previous 2030 timeline.
The Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA – formerly the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board) said that the lengthy compliance procedures needed to set up a nuclear power plant would only be ready in 2035.
“The nuclear power generation plan will now heavily rely on how fast the country will expand its manufacturing sector and encourage establishment of more industries capable of consuming huge levels of power,” said NuPEA CEO Collins Juma. He told Nation that the agency would also prioritise use of smaller nuclear reactors.
"We are looking into having those small reactors in phases as we monitor how the country's electricity demand grows and how the grid is prepared to take the additional energy," he said.
Juma also noted that small reactors are "cheaper and faster to implement", and that deployment could be possible in 2035 or 2036 according projections.