The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) has commended Ghana’s efforts at adopting nuclear energy within the next decade to augment its energy supply needs.
The Executive Secretary of the Organisation, Lassina Berbo, told Citi Business News the progress with researches and policies being carried out by the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission shows the government’s commitment to building a strong nuclear energy source.
“The way I see this Commission active in Vienna with the International Atomic Energy Commission and at the same time being in line with the set of treaties that govern the access to nuclear technology and energy including one of the treaties that we talk about, that makes Africa a nuclear weapon free zone and a zone that seek the use of nuclear technology and energy.”
Ghana currently sources its energy needs largely from hydro and thermal which are considered relatively expensive compared to nuclear.
Speaking at a regional meeting of Nuclear power authorities in Accra, Lassina Berbo was confident that Ghana’s ability to hit its target could be replicated across the African continent.
“I think that the Commission will make sure that they follow what the government is expecting to do because you have a vision which didn’t start today. When I listen to the President and how pan Africanism is important for him and for Ghana, I think that Ghana would want to lead this issue in a way by themselves; not only Ghana but the region, and then serve Africa the best way possible,” he added.
In January 2020, the Executive Director for Nuclear Power Ghana, Engineer Theo Nii Okai, said Ghana is on course to meet the generation of power from nuclear sources by 2030.
According to him, that included efforts to complete the first phase of the implementation plan by the end of 2020.
Speaking after an interaction with a review mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency, Engineer Nii Okai told Citi Business News it will expedite the necessary reforms in the nuclear strategy document to meet the set deadline.