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Nuclear Power Plant Construction to Capitalized on Locally Produced Materials

Nuclear Power Plant Construction to Capitalized on Locally Produced Materials

The locally made materials in the country such as cement and iron rods will be used in the construction of Ghana’s first Nuclear Power Plant, according to Professor B.J.B. Nyarko, the Director-General of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.

According to Professor Nyarko, the building materials manufactured locally would not be imported from foreign countries because these materials are produced by the local industries in the country and would hit more than 50 percent of the amount to be expended on the construction of the Nuclear Power Plant.

Professor Nyarko made the remarks at the maiden edition of the Ghana Industrial Summit & Expo 2021, organised by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) partnered with Volta River Authority (VRA) at the Accra International Conference Centre on Thursday, August 19th, 2021.

"So, we urge the Ghana Association of Industries to partner with the energy system and some other areas in the establishment and construction of our first Nuclear Power Plant in the country," Professor Nyarko said.

He explained that the construction and operation of the Nuclear Power Plant would require a high capacity of the country’s local industries because without them in the system, the project will run a loss project. He noted that the plan is to localise the construction to about 20 percent of the project cost.

“So, that’s why we are trying to get in touch with the local industries to ensure that we build the capacity to be able to enter into the nuclear field so that when we start, we don’t import everything,” Professor Nyarko highlighted.

This, he said, can be achieved by partnering with the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) to build their capacity to have certification and standards to enable the system to recognise them to enjoy the benefits so that Ghana will not be paying the money to foreigners.

Professor Nyarko hoped that member industries of the Ghana Association of Industries would buy into the Nuclear Power Plant Program to access the benefits of the multi-million project.

The Nuclear Power Plant idea started in 2018 when the Government of Ghana announced plans to introduce nuclear power into the country’s energy mix and will take between 10 to 15 years for the realization of the vision to ensure affordable energy for industrial development.

A nine-member board, known as ‘Nuclear Power Ghana’ has been constituted by the government to oversee the full implementation of the programme, and has been designated to be the eventual owner and operator of Ghana’s first Nuclear Power Plant.

 

Source: Abdul-Razak Mohammed(Real Estate Times Africa)

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