As Nigeria’s energy provide problem deepens, a transfer in direction of establishing a nuclear energy plant has been discouraged by vitality specialists who cited Nigeria’s poor upkeep tradition and insecurity as causes.
Talking at Nextier Energy Dialogue in Abuja which centered on nuclear energy crops as an choice for the nation, the specialists mentioned Nigeria ought to think about increasing the nationwide grid to effectively transmit and distribute the 13,000 Megawatts put in capability out there within the nation.
The nationwide grid at the moment has the capability to transmit about 5,500MW. Nigeria plans to arrange a 1,000MW nuclear energy plant with Kogi and Akwa Ibom states chosen as doable websites.
The previous Chairman of the Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi who spoke on the panel identified that whereas it was good to look into the long run and discover choices that can enhance the vitality combine, a nuclear energy plant was not the best way to go in the mean time.
“On paper, this is excellent as a result of it helps us to spice up our vitality capability. One other attraction is that in case you are speaking about clear vitality sources, other than wind, nuclear is the cleanest as a result of the method by way of nuclear fusion has very low affect on the atmosphere.
“It is usually low cost, which is necessary from a regulator’s perspective, if you need an vitality combine that can cheapen the price of vitality. It’s cheaper than fossil gasoline and for folks, who’re eager about electrical energy circuits, it has a much bigger load base and so that you construct industrial exercise round a nuclear primarily based energy plant”.
Dr. Amadi nonetheless raised three issues which embrace environmental danger relating to degree of tradition and professionalism in mission administration in Nigeria, transmission and distribution capability of the electrical energy market, and the worldwide politics of nuclear vitality which appears to make it susceptible.
Additionally talking, Ifeoma Malo a panelist, famous that whereas a nuclear plant is a clear supply of vitality, the query for Nigeria can be if it’s a life like choice for the nation when it comes to the worldwide push for vitality transition.
She identified that points about security, the environmental hazards and on-going insecurity within the nation make it a harmful choice for Nigeria.
Nevertheless, in his contribution, the Director, Nuclear Energy Plant Growth, Nigeria Atomic Vitality Fee, NAEC, Prof. Abdullahi Mati defined that the strict administration and regulation round nuclear crops made it the most secure within the trade.
Prof. Mati famous that Nigeria’s quest for a nuclear energy plant began in 1976, assuring that although it has confronted delays and challenges, it’s nonetheless on observe.