Nigeria plans to convert to nuclear power in 2011

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Country's Nuclear Power Plant Begins 2011 

27 July 2007
By Juliana Taiwo
Problem of epileptic power supply in Nigeria may soon become a thing of the past, as the Director-General of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), Dr Franklin Erepamo Osaisai, yesterday said the Commission hopes to begin actual construction of the nation's first nuclear power plant by 2011. He said the Commission was expecting the design certification and requisite regulatory approvals to be concluded in 2009, while power generation would begin by 2017.
In an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja, Osaisai said it was gladdening that President Umar Musa Yar'Adua has renewed his administration's commitment to use nuclear technology as one of the sources of electricity generation in the long term, revealing that the nuclear roadmap, which consists of a three phase technical framework developed by the Commission is to generate at least 1,000MW by 2017, and increase the capacity to 4,000MW by 2027, through nuclear power plant, which has been approved and adopted by the Federal Government.
Osaisai said the cost of running a nuclear power plant was more cost effective than other technologies, though initial funding is usually capital intensive , adding that the return on investment is much more faster. He said for Nigeria to succeed in the match towards application of nuclear technology, there was need for sustained long-term funding to uplift research facilities and nuclear infrastructure, apart from capacity building between now and 2017.
"A sustained long-term funding is required to uplift the research and nuclear infrastructure and capacity building during this gestation period of about 10 years," he said. He said demand during the period would be between 28,360MW and 31,240MW. Nigeria currently has installed capacity to generate 6,000MW out of which less than 4,000MW is available. On National Programme for the Deployment of Nuclear Energy for Electricity Generation, he estimated potential electricity generation from hydro-power sources within the period at between 3,000MW and 5,000MW, while other conventional sources like gas and oil could contribute between 7,000MW and 9,000MW.

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