Enterprise Television- Power Crisis: Rosatom Urges Nigeria to Use Nuclear Energy
Russia’s state-owned atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, has described nuclear energy as a sustainable and eco-friendly solution to Nigeria’s perennial electricity supply shortfall.
As part of the efforts to diversify Nigeria’s energy mix, the federal government had signed an agreement with Rosatom for the construction of a nuclear power plant and research centre in Nigeria.
Other leading African countries, including Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa, are currently embracing the prospects of nuclear energy as a solution to their energy shortfalls with Rosatom, which is a global leader in nuclear power plant services.
The Vice President for sub-Saharan Africa, Rosatom, Viktor Polikarpov, said that electricity generated from nuclear energy has a bright future in Nigeria’s energy mix. He also added that nuclear energy is more reliable than other sources of renewable and sustainable energy.
He argued that Nigeria’s current overdependence on hydro and thermal power plants cannot meet the country’s growing electricity demand and forecasts from households and businesses.
He also pointed out that Nigeria’s expanding industrial sector, rapid urbanization rate of, growth of the middleclass and incomes, coupled with overall annual population growth, are major drivers of the nation’s increasing electricity demand.
“In order for Nigeria to achieve a balanced energy mix, the country should consider all available sustainable sources of energy. Nuclear, solar, wind and hydro-power complement and reinforce one another – to form a green square. These, will eventually, become the standard for the world’s future carbon-free energy mix.”
He also stated that a sustainable energy mix with the inclusion of nuclear energy would contribute in no small way to Nigeria’s economy, thus making local businesses competitive and attractive on the global market.
He added that solar and wind energy are dependent upon weather conditions, while nuclear power plants are free of such constraints, adding that they can run without disruption regardless of the climatic conditions under which they are operating.
Rosatom and Nigeria had in October 2017 signed agreements for the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant and research centre.
Rosatom’s vice president for overseas marketing and business development, Anton Moskvin, in a statement said: “The development of nuclear technologies will allow Nigeria to strengthen its position as one of the leading countries of the African continent.”