Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) is planning to push in for legislation in the parliament for establishment of an independent regulator (independent from promoters and users of to be nuclear energy) to govern all nuclear activities and facilities in Kenya.
This was aforementioned by the Board’s Executive Chairman & CEO, Hon. Ochilo Ayacko when a delegation from the Kenyan Parliament previously visited South Korea sponsored and organized by KNEB to familiarize the members on nuclear power development in the Asian country. Establishing an independent regulator is one of the major milestones the Board is undertaking towards putting in place and commissioning a nuclear power plant between 2017 and 2022 to generate at least 1000 MW of electricity and a total of 4,000 MW by 2030.
According to Kenya’s Vision 2030 economic blueprint, it is projected that the country will require an installed capacity of about 21,000 MW of electricity with a peak demand of 16,000 MW. Currently, the country generates about 2,000 MW of electricity since its independence. This is only a tenth of what the country will require to realize its vision 2030 energy requirements. The remaining gap will supposedly be filled by generation from other sources of energy including and not limited to geothermal, wind, hydro, coal etc. Over the years, foreign investors have decried electricity shortages, frequent power outages and constant low voltage of electricity causing huge losses especially in the manufacturing industry as a result of electrical mishaps while potential investors have shunned away.
Introducing nuclear power in Kenya’s energy mix would immensely make a difference in the country’s energy sector and economy. In this regard, the Board which is playing the role of a Nuclear Energy Programme Implementation Organization (NEPIO) is pushing for the establishment of infrastructure necessary for the realization of nuclear electricity generation in Kenya.