ROSATOM, Russia’s state-run nuclear energy corporation has proposed the use of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMR) to address the perennial power shortage that plagues most African nations, especially Nigeria.
Mr Ryan Collyer, Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, disclosed this at the Africa Energy Indaba forum, held in Cape Town, South Africa.
Collyer highlighted the global shift toward nuclear, not only in the energy sector but also to address a myriad of other issues.
He also emphasised the need for the possible use of nuclear technologies for desalination purposes apart from heat and electricity supply.
According to him, the adoption of small modular reactors can be a good alternative to diesel generators providing reliable power supply and preventing harmful emissions at a competitive price.
Shedding light on ROSATOM’s advancements in SMR technology, he informed delegates about Russia’s RITM-200, an advanced pressurized-water reactor that incorporates all the best features from its predecessors’ ship reactors.
Collyer highlighted the main advantages of RITM-200 reactor to include: cost-efficiency, small size, and safety. Russia’s RITM- 200 reactor, he noted, was designed for nuclear icebreakers, land-based small Nuclear Power Plants and floating nuclear power plants.
He further disclosed Russia was working on the next generation of the offshore nuclear power plants as an optimised floating power unit (OFPU).
‘’We are working hard to do our part in delivering the great stories from our industry, to highlight its true potential to become a catalyst for sustainable development in Africa. We all understand that nuclear will play a vital role in achieving the United Nations sustainability goals not only in Africa but across the globe, noted Collyer.