Museveni Announces Uganda’s Plan for Nuclear Power Plants

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President Yoweri Museveni, while addressing the 2nd G-25 Africa Coffee Summit on August 8, 2023, told the 25 African delegates from all over the coffee-producing nations at the Speke Resort Hotel in Munyonyo that Russia and South Korea will soon start building a nuclear power plant in Uganda.

“Russia and South Korea are going to build two nuclear power plants with 15,000 megawatts. The nuclear project comes at a critical time when nations are dealing with how to ensure energy security for socio-economic development,” he said.

During the speech, he said Uganda has the capacity to produce uranium that can be used as fuel for nuclear power plants since research was carried out years ago and found a lot of it in the eastern region of Uganda.

Museveni said negotiations with Russia and South Korea had already been completed since an agreement was signed last month during the Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg.

Uganda’s main source of energy is biomass. Regarding electrical power generation, hydropower accounts for about 84% of the total installed capacity of 822 MW. The actual total electricity capacity is 550 MW, and the country’s peak demand is about 489 MW.

Uganda’s electricity supply depends mainly on hydro-power from the Nile.

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