Take a Look: Nuclear Energy in Africa
Africa has the lowest level of modern energy usage per capita in the world. Currently, 600 million people, or 43% of the total population, lack access to electricity, according to the Africa Energy Outlook 2022 by the International Energy Agency. New sources of energy are needed to meet the growing population's energy demands.
Nuclear power plants generate energy using a nuclear reactor for producing heat. Some of the advantages of this modern energy source are the stable and low-carbon electricity generation, as well as its low cost.
Currently, South Africa is the only country on the continent that has an operating NPP called Koeberg Nuclear Power Station.
Egypt has started the construction of the El Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant, which is in development with the support of Russiam state company Rosatom.
Numerous African nations intend to build NPPs – some are seeking Russia's support. For instance, Burkina Faso signed a memorandum with Rosatom for the construction of a nuclear power plant at the sixth edition of the international forum Russian Energy Week (REW), held from October 11 to 13 in Moscow.
On October 16-20, South Africa hosted the 2023 African Energy Week (AEW) conference and exhibition, which highlighted the potential for new energy sources and the growing interest in nuclear energy across Africa.
Check out Sputnik's infographics and see which countries intend to build nuclear power plants