Ghana has settled on a preferred site and backup for the country’s first nuclear power plant. However, the location is yet to be made known. The selection of the site, an important step in the second phase of the country’s nuclear power Programme, precedes the selection of a vendor to construct the plant.
This was disclosed by the, Director of Nuclear Power Institute, Prof. Seth Debrah at a forum on Ghana’s Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development in Accra.
The forum discussed Japan’s nuclear power experience and the lessons to be drawn as the country prepares to construct its first nuclear plant by 2030.
Ghana’s nuclear Programme has been justified on the need for alternate baseload power for industrialization, limited hydro sources, postulated decline of gas, tariff reduction for industries, desalination, employment creation and climate change commitments.
Prof. Debrah said four candidate sites were initially selected for the construction of the nuclear power plant and after further studies by Ghanaian researchers, the team ranked the sites to settle on the first and the second being a backup.
He said it is necessary for the country to add nuclear energy to its energy portfolio to become a baseload energy source to support massive industrialization in the wake of the dwindling traditional energy sources.