Russia’s Rosatom to build nuclear science centre in Rwanda

Russia’s Rosatom to build nuclear science centre in Rwanda
Published: 3 November 2019 - 12:07 p.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Russian state atomic company Rosatom has signed a deal with Rwanda to build a centre of nuclear science and technologies, the Russian company said on Thursday, as it seeks to expand in Africa.

The centre would carry out scientific research and ‘practical application’ of nuclear technologies, allowing production of radioisotopes for wider use in agriculture and other areas, Rosatom said in a statement.

The centre will also have a research water-cooled reactor with up to 10 MW capacity, Rosatom said. The deal, as Rosatom hopes, would allow in the future to supply Rwanda with small modular reactors for power generation, a Rosatom official said.

Rosatom is the world’s biggest nuclear company by foreign orders, with a total of 36 nuclear blocks on order. The countries include Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, India and Turkey.

In a separate statement on Thursday, Rosatom said it has agreed with Ethiopia to cooperate in developing nuclear infrastructure.

Rosatom was also in talks with South Africa on building more nuclear reactors there but President Cyril Ramaphosa put nuclear expansion plans on hold.

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