Government to generate 4000mw from Nuclear Power Plants
The Nigerian Government says it will generate 4,000 megawatts of electricity from nuclear power plants by the year 2030.
The Chief Executive of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), Dr. Franklin Erepamo, said this in Abuja at the inauguration of a hostel and conference centre built by the commission.
“It is envisaged that the meticulous implementation of all the components of the three-phased nuclear power roadmap in a sustainable manner will position Nigeria to generate into the national grid, 1,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020 and an additional 3,000 megawatts by 2030 from nuclear power plants.”
“The successful implementation of nuclear power programme is a serious national issue and it entails huge resources, both human and material,'' he said.
He said the nuclear power roadmap for any country included manpower and infrastructure development, design certification, regulation and approval of licences.
Erepamo said that the commission would ensure nuclear security.
Objective of the NAEC
He said that the objective of the NAEC was to produce indigenous scientists and engineers to acquire basic understanding of nuclear technology to assist the nation in its economic and industrial development.
According to him, NAEC trains a specialized corps of scientists, including engineers, technologists and technicians to enhance nuclear development in the country.
The hostel and conference centre will serve as resource base for nuclear power development and training, as well as a regional centre for education.
Erepamo said that the commission has built six nuclear energy research and training centres across the country, and is partnering with universities and polytechnics in the areas of research and development.