Kenya has plans to set up its first nuclear power plant with a capacity of 1000MW by 2025 and has signed a deal with China to build a nuclear power station by 2025. The ambition of Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) is to boost the projected 10 year plan 1000MW at to 4,000MW by 2033, and to make nuclear electricity “a key component of the country’s energy” production.
According to the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB), the country has already signed nuclear power cooperation agreements with Slovakia and South Korea, before this memorandum of understanding signed in China. As part of those deals, over 10 Kenyan students are studying nuclear power engineering in South Korea.
With China on board, Kenya will obtain expertise by way of training, skills development and technical support .
At present, South Africa is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa with active nuclear power plants and Kenya is hopeful of its nuclear plant in another 10 years. Kenya currently has an installed capacity of 2,298MW.
Kenya’s hydro power sources are often prone to weather changes, and the solar and wind sources are unpredictable. Out of the installed capacity of 2,288MW, 593 MW is geothermal.