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Africa Turning to Nuclear to Meet Growing Energy Needs

The UN nuclear agency said on Friday that African countries are expressing greater interest in tapping nuclear power for their energy needs.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General Mikhail Chudakov told Xinhua in Nairobi that over 30 Africa states are considering introducing nuclear power in the medium to long term.

"We have already conducted Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) missions in Morocco, Nigeria Kenya and South Africa," Chudakov said.

INIR missions are conducted by IAEA at the request of nations that require assistance in developing or expanding nuclear power. IAEA is also expected toconduct an INIR mission in Ghana next year.


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