Today, it is 25 years ago that Chernobyls Nuclear Power Plant blasted. 25 years till another catastrophe was needed to teach us yet another lesson. Still today, no nation in the world has a clue about how to handle nuclear waste.
Of course, the continent is hungry for energy and it most surely deserves to grow in infrastructure and energy supply more than any other corner of the world. But does it have to be at the risk for cost of millions of lives and generations to come? Don’t we already carry enough knowledge about renewable energy supply and sustainable and really clean energy consumption? We do have the technology at hand.
Africa is in the midst of it’s renaissance. Investors are lining up. Europe, led by Germany, is discussing if or if not to drop the hot nuclear topic within the coming 25 years or so.
Here is a List of Nuclear reactors in Africa. (For the complete list of Nuclear reactors worldwide visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nuclear_reactors)
- Es Salam (The Peace), 15 MW reactor for research, located in Aïn Oussera, in service since 1993
- Nur, built by Argentine INVAP
Democratic Republic of the Congo
- TRICO I – TRIGA reactor, University of Kinshasa (shut down 1970)
- TRICO II – TRIGA reactor, University of Kinshasa
- InshasNuclear Research Center
- ETTR-1 – 2 MW LWR (supplied by USSR, 1958)
- ETTR-2 – 22 MW reactor (supplied by Argentine INVAP, 1998)
Power station reactors
- Koeberg nuclear power station (near Cape Town) 33°40′35.2″S 18°25′55.37″E / 33.676444°S 18.4320472°E / -33.676444; 18.4320472 (Koeberg nuclear power station)
- Koeberg-1 920MWe
- Koeberg-2 920MWe
- Pelindaba – Pelindaba Nuclear Research Center near Pretoria 25°48′03″S 27°56′54″E / 25.80083°S 27.94833°E / -25.80083; 27.94833 (Pelindaba Nuclear Research Center)
- Deadly cost of nuclear power (Coalition against Nuclear Energy, SA) – Apr 17, 2011
- Africa thinks twice about nuclear power (blog.foreignpolicy.com) – April 5, 2011
- Africa looks to nuclear power (www.csmonitor.com) – April 2, 2010
What’s your opinion?