Latest energy intelligence brief indicate that Kenya plans to set up its first nuclear power plant by 2027. The actual construction of the plant expected to start in the next seven years.
The revelation was made by the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) chief executive officer Collins Juma on Tuesday who said that the plant prefeasibility study and siting work have already been done.
According to the KNEB-CEO, they expect to have the actual site(s) within the next two years.
Juma noted that the programme is capital intensive saying the board has signed a memorandum of understanding with four countries to help Kenya in capacity building.
A single nuclear power plant capable of producing 1,000MW costs between Ksh500 billion and Ksh600 billion ($5-$6 billion).
Once the project is actualized, Kenya will the second country in Africa after South Africa to set up a nuclear power plant.
The programme will create jobs locally both directly and indirectly with human resource planning showing that over 5,000 workers, majority of whom will be drawn from the local labour pool, KNEB chief added.
Juma noted that as the world gradually shifts to cleaner fuels for electricity and Kenya intends to be among countries intending to pursue a nuclear power programme.