Thursday, September 6, 2012

Slovakia may participate in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Kenya

Slovakia may help Kenya build its first nuclear power plant. This information is from the press office of the Slovak economy ministry after a meeting between economy minister Tomáš Malatinský and Kenya's trade minister Moses Wetang'ula.

"Slovakia has extensive experience in nuclear power and is ready to provide the necessary information on legislative, technical and economic issues to Kenyan experts," said Stanislav Jurikovič, the spokesman of economy minister. Slovakia has two nuclear power plants, each with two reactors accounting for some 55% of the country's total electricity output.

Malatinsky also offered to his Kenyan counterpart the assistance of Slovak experts in potential power generation projects in the fields of geothermal energy use. “Minister Malatinský confirmed that in this area, Slovakia can provide wide-ranging cooperation,” said Jurikovič. According to Malatinský, Slovakia can also supply experts for the construction of photovoltaic and hydropower plants.

A contract is being prepared for signing for the construction of a 55-kilometer road in the Isebania district to the border with Tanzania worth some €35 million, which would be implemented by a Slovak-Kenyan consortium supported by Eximbank. 

Kenya's power sector needs huge investments to boost supply, as demand for power is growing amid robust economic activity.

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