Nuclear Executive Workshop and Fukushima Training in Nairobi, Kenya

December 19th, 2011 — 

From December 5-9, 2011, Gene Imbro and Rich Emch of AdSTM conducted training for 20 people from the Radiation Protection Board in the Ministry of Public Health, the University of Nairobi in the Ministry of Higher Education, the National Council for Science and Technology in the Ministry of Higher Education, the Kenya Bureau of Standards in the Ministry of Industrialization, and the Nuclear Electricity Project in the Ministry of Energy in Nairobi, Kenya. The training included a Nuclear Executive Workshop and a discussion of the events at Fukushima. The training was conducted at the Lenana Conference Center in Nairobi and was coordinated by Arthur Koteng, the Assistant Chief Radiation Protection Officer for the Radiation Protection Board of Kenya.

The government of Kenya has decided that nuclear power will be a necessary part of its future energy production. They hope to begin operation of nuclear reactors to generate 4,000 Megawatts of electricity by 2022. The Nuclear Electricity Project Committee has been set up under the Nuclear Electricity Project to conduct a pre-feasibility study; the committee will examine issues such as infrastructure. Also, a legislative bill has been drafted to establish a regulatory body for nuclear power.