Kenya plans to build its first nuclear power plant by 2017 in an effort to find cheaper alternatives to thermals fuels such as oil and gas.
Energy Ministry Permanent Secretary Patrick Nyoike told Reuters that the country needs cheap sources of electricity and the thermals are expensive.
Kenya is pursuing the Nuclear Electricity Project, a plan to make Kenya an atomic power producer.
The project aims to build its capability in nuclear power generation safely and will help Kenya conform to the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency standard.
The country is studying a proposal to build a 1,000MW nuclear power plant, most likely to be built along the coast in a joint venture with the government and private companies.
A facility of those specifications using South Korean technology would cost as much as $3.5bn to build, according to Nyoike.