Rosatom Prescribes Sustainable Energy Mix for Nigeria’s Power Problem

Cooling towers emit vapor into the night sky at a nuclear power plant operated by EON SE in Grohnde, Germany, on Wednesday, Aug. 07, 2013. Germany's air pollution is set to worsen for a second year, the first back-to-back increase since at least the 1980s, after Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to shut nuclear plants led utilities to burn more coal. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

RUSSIAN State Nuclear Energy Corporation, Rosatom, has once again advised Nigeria to adopt a sustainable energy mix approach to its power system if it must achieve energy stability like Russia. Rosatom’s Regional Vice-President of Sub-Saharan Africa, Viktor Polikarpov, at an annual powering Africa investors’ summit held in Abuja, recently, shared his country’s energy sector best practices with participants of the event, insisting that the optimum energy mix for Nigeria was the way forward.

Also during a panel discussion on the optimum future energy mix for Nigeria, experts from across the globe discussed various options to close the country’s current power deficit. Recent estimates from the International Energy Agency indicate that more than 115 million people in Nigeria still rely on traditional biomass and waste as their main sources of energy.

With the country currently spending roughly between USD 14 Billion on off grid diesel generation, it is abundantly clear that the country needs to diversify its mix. During the discussion Rosatom Regional Vice-President of Sub-Saharan Africa, Polikarpov, noted that for Nigeria to achieve a balanced energy mix, the country should consider all available sustainable sources of energy. Solar, wind, hydro and nuclear power complement and reinforce each other to form a green square, which will essentially become the base for the world’s future carbon-free energy mix. Current energy challenge He said: “One needs to consider the so called energy trilemma when planning an energy mix, this entails balancing economics, security of supply and environmental impact.

Only nuclear energy is capable of ticking all three boxes and is able to balance any energy mix. In order to combat the current energy challenge faced by Nigeria, the region needs access to affordable and clean base load power,” Polikarpov also added that investing in nuclear projects stimulates national and regional cash flows toward the budget that often surpasses direct investments by a significant margin. Construction of NPPs also creates demand for thousands of locally sourced skilled labour, such as; welders, pipe fitters, masons, carpenters, millwrights, sheet metal workers, electricians, iron workers, heavy equipment operators and insulators, as well as engineers, project managers and construction supervisors.

Source : IWIN

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