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Rwanda Nuclear Reactor Construction Agreement Signed

Rwanda Nuclear Reactor will foresee construction as the Government of Rwanda reached and signed an agreement on Tuesday with a German-Canadian start-up to construct a civil nuclear reactor which will be “experimental”. This agreement was reached with the aim of Rwanda to reduce its dependence rate on fossil fuels. According to Dual Fluid Energy CEO, Gotz Ruprecht, these nuclear reactors have the ability to produce electricity, synthetic fuels, and hydrogen at lower affordable costs than fossil fuels. Dual Field Energy also stated that it had chosen Rwanda because of its good governance and business atmosphere which has pulled quite a number of investors from the international level.

Moreover, Infrastructure Minister Ernest Nsabimama in Rwanda said that using nuclear power will enable them to provide a reliable and steady source of electricity thus reducing their dependence as a country on hydrocarbons and meeting the rising demand for energy.

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In the year 2019, Rwanda signed a deal to build Rwanda Nuclear Reactor power plants with the Federal Atomic Energy Agency Rosatom of Russia which was followed by 2 memorandums of cooperation on education and training of the required personnel on creating public awareness and developing public acceptance of nuclear energy. This triggered opposition because of security concerns. Also, the agreement with Dual Fluid Energy has been perceived to be dangerous and seen to be similar to what Rwanda as a country and Russia wanted to do back in 2019.

However, the Rwanda Atomic Energy Office and Dual Fluid Energy stated the Rwandan nuclear test reactor is small and has a low combustion capacity thus minimum nuclear material. For this reason, it may pose little or no effect on the environment. Currently, South Africa remains the only country in the African continent that has a civil nuclear program; it possesses a couple of reactors that have been in service for a period of over 30 years.

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