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26.04.2013 General News

Russia to partner Ghana in developing nuclear industry

By Myjoyonline.com
The delegation in a group photograph with officials of the Ministry.
APR 26, 2013 GENERAL NEWS
The delegation in a group photograph with officials of the Ministry.

The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum will go into an agreement with the State

Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia –ROSATOM- on the specifics of joint

projects facilitating the implementation of plans by the Republic of Ghana to

develop a nuclear industry.
This will take place in June when a team of Ghanaian officials, including the

Ministers of Energy and Petroleum and Environment, Science, Technology and

Innovation, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah and Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei respectively, as well as the Director General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Professor Benjamin J. Botwe Nyarko.

The move is a follow up to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Ministry of Energy and ROSATOM last year, in which the parties agreed to establish a bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Leading a ROSATOM delegation to call on the Minister for Energy and Petroleum

on Thursday, Prof. Nyarko said the Parties would meet on the sidelines of the Conference

Leading a ROSATOM delegation to call on the Minister for Energy and Petroleum

on Thursday, Prof. Nyarko said the Parties would meet on the sidelines of the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power for 21st Century in June,

2013, to finalize a Memorandum of Agreement detailing the specifics of joint projects facilitating the implementation of plans by Ghana to develop a nuclear industry, as well as other joint projects that are of common interest.

The ROSATOM team, which included Yury A. Sokolov, Vice President, Director-

Department of Global Nuclear Infrastructure and Dmitry Bazhenov, Chief Expert,Marketing and Business Development Department, was accompanied by Igor

Degtyarev, Minister-Counsellor Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.

Mr. Degtyarev told the Minister that Russia was willing to offer its assistance to Ghana in developing other power alternatives. He affirmed his country's support for Ghana in the energy sector.

Mr. Buah, for his part, said Ghana was committed to considering Nuclear

energy as a viable option in power generation, adding that the time had come

for tangible steps toward the realization of that goal.

According to him, the increasing demand for power in the country, as a result of economic growth, called for accelerated measures to venture into nuclear

power, adding that the time has come for critical consideration of this option.

He said Ghana would ensure that it kept its side of agreement, saying 'we are looking forward to working together to ensure that the country develops

a nuclear energy infrastructure'.

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