Slovakia to assist Kenya to adopt nuclear power


NAIROBI, June 20 (Xinhua) — Slovakia will assist Kenya to utilize nuclear generated electricity, the Slovak Ambassador to Kenya, Michal Mlynar, said on Friday.

Mlynar told Xinhua in Nairobi that both nations will sign a memorandum of understanding on nuclear energy by the end of 2014.

“We have agreed to work closely to develop Kenya’s capacity to harness nuclear energy,” Mlynar said. He added that his country will train Kenyans in nuclear expertise.

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“We are a member of the European Union and so our nuclear standards are world class,” the envoy said. Slovakia relies on nuclear power for 80 percent of its electricity needs.

“We recommend that Kenya considers adopting nuclear power given its huge energy deficit. There is no way Kenya can bridge the gap by using hydropower, geothermal or wind sources,” he said.

“However, it will take at least 15 years before Kenya can safely adopt nuclear power,” he noted. According to Mlynar, the cost of generating electricity via nuclear is less over the long run compared to other sources of energy.

Kenya needs at least 1000 nuclear experts before it can generate safely nuclear electricity and the country is targeting to train at least 100 experts annually. Other countries that have expressed interest in assisting the east African nation include South Korea and France.

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