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Nigeria seals nuclear plant deal with Russia


A report on Tuesday by a local newspaper, the Independent said that the feasibility studies for the plant and a research center construction will include site screening, capacity, financing, and time frames of the projects.

The newspaper report quoted a report by Bloomberg, a foreign news agency as saying that the state-owned Russian nuclear company Rosatom disclosed the nuclear deal in an emailed statement.

It noted that Nigeria and Russia in 2009 signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of the peaceful usage of nuclear technologies.

According to the report, the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission reported in 2015, Nigeria had talks with Rosatom to build as many as four nuclear power plants costing about $20 billion.

The report added that the chief officer of the Egbin power plant in Lagos State, the nation’s biggest, said last month that Nigeria distributes an average of 4,500 megawatts of electricity, but that half the output is lost because of inadequate transmission infrastructure.

“Rosatom is seeking to build nuclear power plants in other countries on the continent, including South Africa,” the report added.


November 1, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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