Nuclear Power Org. to move to Office of the President

Nuclear Power Org. to move to Office of the President

The President of Ghana has directed the Ministers of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI) and Energy (MoE), to collaborate with the Chief of Staff at the President’s Office, for the transfer of the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organisation (GNPPO) from the Ministry of Energy to the President’s Office, in order to improve coordination among the key [nuclear] institutions already in place.

The GNPPO is an establishment founded to oversee the implementation and coordination of the country’s nuclear power programme.

In 2008, government decided to integrate nuclear energy in the country’s energy generation mix, which decision paved way for the development of a National Energy Policy and Strategy. According to the President, the decision was consistent with the global collective commitment to ensure sustainable power in order to accelerate industrialisation and economic growth.

Ghana subsequently declared its intention to pursue a Nuclear Power Programme (NPP) for peaceful purposes in August, 2013, through a letter it submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Over the years, ample progress has been achieved; key institutions, namely the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) Ghana, an independent nuclear regulatory body, and Nuclear Power Ghana (NPG), a project company to take up the role and responsibility as owner-operator, have been established by government.

In recent years, the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), through its Technical Institute (the Nuclear Power Institute, NPI-GAEC), and with the support of other national bodies, have worked to meet all of the Phase-1 nuclear infrastructure requirements as recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Milestones approach to the introduction of nuclear power.

According to a statement signed by President Akufo-Addo, “in 2017 and 2019, the IAEA International Peer Review Mission, on the invitation of the country, undertook a review of the status of Ghana’s Phase 1 nuclear infrastructure development, and concluded that Ghana has satisfied all the prescribed studies for government to make a knowledgeable commitment to a Nuclear Power Programme. Furthermore, the numerous studies and progress of activities undertaken in Phase 1 of the nuclear power programme had been consolidated into the Programme Comprehensive Report (PCR).”

Contents of this report, government says, it has adopted as a reflection of the country’s nuclear power infrastructure issues. It [government] has, consequently, reiterated its commitment to the peaceful uses of nuclear technology, that it would continue international cooperation and collaborations, and that it would actively engage in enhancing knowledge in all peaceful applications of nuclear technology.

It is subsequent to this that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ordered the transfer of the GNPPO to his office, as an indication that he has now included nuclear technology in the country’s energy generation mix.

“I, hereby, announce and instruct the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Minister for Energy (MoE), in collaboration with the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, to take all the necessary steps to move the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organisation (GNPPO) from the Ministry of Energy to the Office of the President, to enhance proper coordination among the key institutions already established,” the statement said.

GAEC and its technical Institute (NPI-GAEC), according to the President, will continue to play its supportive role to the GNPPO at the Office of the President following its re-alignment.

Source: Energy Ghana

 

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