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Nuclear Power Generation in Kenya

In 2019, the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) transitioned to the Kenya Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) to undertake preparations for the development of a nuclear power programme. After lengthy prefeasibility studies, the Kenya’s nuclear power authority picked two possible sites for the country’s first commercial reactors in Kwale and Kilifi Counties in April 2022 with construction set to begin in 2030 and commissioning in 2036.

At least seven more African countries are at various stages – commissioning, shopping for vendors and mapping appropriate sites – in the roll-out of nuclear power plants, as a majority eye 2030 as a start-date for generating electricity from nuclear energy.

However, construction of small modular reactors presents a faster solution for nuclear power and untapped opportunity for power generation companies with reports showing that small modular reactors can be mobilized more quickly and present more short-term opportunities.

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