ON THE MOVE: Energy Secretary Mr Charles Keter (right) and KNEB CEO Eng Collins Juma at a past event

Kenya has moved closer to to the final phase of developing production of nuclear electricity after the state agency Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) invited expression of interest from consultants to undertake what it described as 'site characterization'.

The board headed by Eng Collins Juma who doubles up as the Chairman of the Institution of Engineers (IEK), has already identified potential sites for nuclear power plants in Kenya.

The consultants sought by KNEB are expected to to develop terms of reference for the characterization of power plants and populate a comprehensive description of all activities to be undertaken during site characterization. The proposals shall be opened on November 29, 2018.

Cofek supports the exploration of nuclear electricity in Kenya but is concerned at the safety and the scanty awareness among Kenyans. The Federation has requested for a partnership with the agency to consider town hall forums in Kisumu and Mombasa. The first such a forum was conducted on December 5, 2017 in Nairobi.

The Federation plans to write to the International Atomic Energy Agency, whose headquarters is based in Vienna, to create a special forum of consumer organizations from countries that have embraced and or are in process of building nuclear power plants.

IAEA ministerial meeting comes up on November 28 to 30, 2018. In other countries, such delegations include representatives of consumer bodies and other stakeholders.

Kenya is projecting to start generating nuclear electricity by 2027.

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