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Tanzania mulls firing up nuclear power plants to produce electricity

The country’s state-run Atomic Energy body is offering to start churning out electricity power from nuclear reactors.

As the country suffers acute power outages and load shedding, Tanzania is mulling over the proposal by its Atomic Energy Commission to start churning out electricity from nuclear energy.

Apparently, the Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) in Arusha is offering to assist the country in the production of additional electricity energy from alternative sources, but especially the envisaged nuclear power plants.

Addressing members of the permanent public investment committee from the National Assembly, the Director General of the Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission, Professor Lazaro Busagala, assured the commission was ready to undertake the task.

He was responding to the question raised by the Chairperson of the Permanent Public Investments Committee (PIC), Augustino Vuma who wanted to know how TAEC could assist in solving the long-existing problem of power shortages in the country.

Prof Busagala said the production of electricity energy from nuclear plants was one of the best options to address Tanzania’s power problems that have so far led to the rationing of the vital commodity.

“Even in the international energy sector, nuclear has been found to be the most reliable source of electricity,” the TAEC Director General stated.

And sure enough, nuclear energy so far provides about 10 percent of the world’s electricity being churned out from about 440 power reactors around the globe.

At the moment, nuclear power is the world’s second largest source of low-carbon power.

The Parliamentary Public Investments Committee was on tour of Arusha Region, inspecting the recently built Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission laboratory in the southern outskirts of the city.

The modern laboratory is a new TAEC property which was constructed at the cost of 10.4 billion/-

In addition to the modern and fully-equipped workshop, the TAEC director said the commission has four professional nuclear energy engineers, while five more scholars are currently undertaking nuclear science courses overseas.

The country is said to currently have the capacity to produce around 1,900 megawatts of electricity.

The Tanzania Electricity Supply Company’s Managing Director Gissima Nyamo-Hanga, recently explained that the country faces a shortage of 400 megawatts in the national grid due to low inflow of water in its hydropower plants.

“You should now wait for the government to send you proposals but rather TAEC needs to come up with a technical write-up to convince the state to invest in nuclear energy plants to churn out auxiliary electricity,” said the Chairperson of the Permanent Public Investments Committee (PIC), Augustino Vuma.

During the Second Russia-Africa Summit recently Tanzania shocked the globe by revealing the country’s nuclear energy plans the intention to outpace its peers and dominate the upcoming era of technology.