June 13, 2024
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Ghana Signs Deal with China for HPR1000 Nuclear Power Plant

Ghana has inked a landmark agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation Overseas Limited to collaborate on the construction of an HPR1000 nuclear power plant, along with enhancements to Ghana’s power grid.

The HPR1000 represents a cutting-edge third-generation pressurised water reactor (PWR) technology, developed by China leveraging over three decades of nuclear power expertise in research, design, manufacturing, construction, and operation.

Announcing the milestone, Ghana’s Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, took to Facebook to share the news following the agreement signing at the 26th World Energy Congress in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

While specifics of the deal were not disclosed, the signing ceremony, witnessed by the Energy Minister, sealed the pact between Nuclear Power Ghana (NPG) – the entity leading Ghana’s nuclear power plant project – and China National Nuclear Power Corporation Overseas Limited.

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Dr. Opoku Prempeh emphasized the significance of nuclear power as a dependable, efficient, and eco-friendly energy source, crucial for sustaining industries, businesses, homes, and the West African Power Pool. He underscored President Akufo-Addo’s vision for an energy portfolio diversification prioritizing clean and sustainable power sources.

Ghana is currently at the second stage of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s processes for establishing a nuclear power plant. NPG has earmarked two viable sites in the Central and Western regions for the plant’s location.

Executive Director Dr. Stephen Yamoah disclosed NPG’s intent to request an IAEA site and external events design SEED mission. This mission will enable IAEA experts to review Ghana’s site selection activities and provide insights for the subsequent detailed site characterization studies, crucial for regulatory approval before construction commencement.

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