The Government of Kenya has approached Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to develop courses in Nuclear Science.
Executive Chairman of Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board Hon. Ochilo Ayacko said the board intends to partner with JKUAT to tailor and deliver courses that will build and enhance the capacity of personnel who will be tasked to run nuclear power plants that the government plans to put up.
Hon. Ayacko said this during the official opening of the “2013 Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference” at JKUAT.
The Executive Chairman further revealed that the Government, under Vision 2030, plans to build two nuclear plants by 2030 with the first one anticipated to be completed by 2022.
Currently, the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board is conducting feasibility studies which have indicated that for Vision 2030 projects to be realized; energy production needs to increase to 19,000 megawatts which cannot be carried on the national grid as it exists at the moment.
The nuclear plants will need technical expertise to establish and maintain which is currently not available locally, Ayako told the more than 100 participants attending the conference.
Addressing the Forum on behalf of the JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Prof. David Mulati, said the conference provides a rare opportunity for researchers to present their research findings to be critiqued by their peers.
The three-day conference which will see close to 70 research papers presented, has attracted participants from universities in Uganda, Nigeria, Finland and Kenya. The series of Sustainable Research and Innovation Conferences is a JKUAT initiative that was started in 1985 initially as seminars, has now grown to full-fledged annual conferences which bring together participants from the academia and industry.