Nuclear Executive Workshop in Accra, Ghana

April 10th, 2013 — 

From April 1-5, 2013 Richard Emch and Richard Black of AdSTM conducted training for 25 people from various government agencies and ministries in the government of Ghana including the Radiation Protection Institute and the Nuclear Energy Programme Implementation Organisation (NEPIO). The training presented was the Nuclear Executive Workshop that covers reactor regulation, regulatory activities, licensing process, organizational infrastructure and staff recruitment, qualification and training. The workshop also included a discussion of the events at Fukushima and regulatory aspects of a small modular reactor technology. The training was conducted at the School of Nuclear and Applied Sciences, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, in Legon in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana and was coordinated by Prof. Geoffrey Emi-Reynolds, Director of the Radiation Protection Institute in the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. Additional IRDP training was discussed.

The government of Ghana has made a decision in principle to develop nuclear power to enhance energy security, meet increasing power demand, and to export power to neighboring nations. The government of Ghana wants to have an operational nuclear power plant by 2020. NEPIO has been set up under the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum to support the development of nuclear power in Ghana. NEPIO is conducting a feasibility study and has begun power plant siting studies.