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South Africa and Rosatom Cooperating on Floating Nuclear Power Plants

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EIRNS)—Russia’s Rosatom and South Africa are cooperating on floating nuclear power plants (NPP), to help meet the critical need for expansion of South Africa’s electrical capacity. One floating nuclear power plant, aboard the Academik Lermontov designed by Russia’s Rosatom began operating in Arctic in 2019.

Ryan Collier, acting CEO of Rosatom Central and South Africa, revealed this cooperation to Sputnik Africa on the sidelines of Atomexpo-2024 in Sirius, Russia. “I think some of the key aspects and key advantages of floating nuclear power plants are that you are able to get all the benefits of nuclear energy in a much shorter time frame,” he said. Another advantage of the floating nuclear project, according to Collier, is that South Africa will pay only for the electricity, “as opposed to having to invest in a large nuclear project,” since all construction costs will be covered by Rosatom, which owns the fleet. “We believe that for newcomer countries, this would be very beneficial, and also we believe that from a licensing and safeguards perspective, it will be a lot easier for them to get power on the grid from floating nuclear power plants,” he said.

Collier, a South African, added that his country may need several floating nuclear power plants, or a combination of floating and land-based small modular reactors, to meet its large electricity needs. “Russia really is seen as a very reliable partner in terms of nuclear energy, and I think that’s why many African nations are interested in working with Rosatom in terms of their nuclear programs.” [dea]

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Rosatom and Burkina Faso Ink Roadmap
To Cooperate on Nuclear Energy and Mining

EIRNS—On the sidelines of the Atomexpo International Forum, in Sirius, Russia, on March 25-26, Russia’s nuclear power company Rosatom and Burkina Faso signed a roadmap for developing cooperation on nuclear energy. “The roadmap has a certain number of components. First, it will be about the training component, the public opinion component and the infrastructure component,” Burkinabe Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries Yacouba Zabré Gouba told Sputnik Africa on the sidelines of the forum.

According to the roadmap, the construction of a nuclear power plant is planned in Burkina Faso, the minister disclosed. “The establishment of this power plant will initially help reduce the energy deficit and eventually support all sectors of Burkina Faso’s socio-economic life,” Gouba said. “We believe that Russia, with the experience it has, will be able to better support Burkina Faso towards its energy independence,” Gouba noted.

Gouba said the MOU also provides for Russian companies to invest in Burkina Faso’s mines and quarries," including “strategic materials such as zinc, manganese, copper, graphite, lithium. Russian companies”will be able to become strategic partners in the development of some of the country’s natural resources," he added. He pointed out that the Russian company Nordgold has been operating in the country for the last decade and that companies will enjoy security protection by Burkina Faso’s security forces. [dea]