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Atoms for electricity generation in Africa: Analysis of factors affecting the continent's readiness

image credit: South Africa's Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant is the only plant in African continent (Fair use).
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  • Nuclear energy is an alternative for meeting the energy needs of the people.
  • An estimated 600 million people in Africa are without access to electricity.
  • Some African countries have expressed their interest in nuclear power development
  • This study used SWOT analysis to assess the continent's readiness for nuclear power.
  • Public education will be key for the social acceptance of the technology among the people.

Results from the analysis indicates that factors such as availability of uranium, clean technology among others are strengths for its development in Africa. However, issues such as negative public perception, lack of financing etc. are serious issues that could hinder the development and implementation of nuclear technological applications on the African continent."


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Matt Chester on Jan 14, 2022

I'm also curious about the general utility sector workforce for on-site power plants-- presumably if there aren't nuclear plants in the area then there aren't readily available nuclear engineers to fill those roles. How is educating and training such experts in the region going to be part of the plan? 

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Bob Meinetz on Jan 14, 2022

Matt, you might be surprised to learn there are very few nuclear engineers on staff at nuclear power plants. Though most operators have a college degree, training is primarily on the job (control systems are designed to shut reactors down in case of stupid mistakes, and even sabotage).

For major maintenance events and refueling, specialized technicians show up for a week or two, then go away.

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