A conference about Small Modular Reactor (hereinafter – “SMR”) technology was held by Russia and Ghana in Accra on August 24. The Workshop is a part of countries’ cooperation in the field of nuclear technologies.
The event was opened by Mr. Ryan Collyer, CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, who noted that Ghanaian-Russian cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy is especially important. Different SMR solutions were offered by both countries. Rosatom highlighted the status of FOAK SMR project in Russia, SMR/LNPP differences, its licensing process and economic aspects of SMR NPPs construction projects. In turn, Ghana has prepared a review of the implementation of the nuclear program where prospects for the development of Ghana’s energy sector were mentioned. Representatives from both countries held discussions at which Russian experts answered questions from Ghanaian representatives about SMR technology solutions.
As a result participants of the event agreed to coordinate joint work on a regular basis for timely exchange of the key information and effective management of the projects. The Russian side confirmed its intention to continue bilateral consultations with Ghana. It was decided to establish a Joint Working Group (JWG) for coordination and information exchange.
Rwanda also works with Russian experts on different nuclear technology solutions. In 2018 an Intergovernmental agreement between Rwanda and Russia on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy was signed between the two countries. In February 2019, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the countries in the field of education and training of personnel for the nuclear power industry of Rwanda.