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Resource Needs for Nuclear Power Generation in Ghana

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Author(s): Benjamin J. B. Nyarko | Emmanuel Ampomah-Amoako | Edward H. K. Akaho | Isaac Ennison | Margaret Ahiadeke | Yaw Serfor-Armah | Kwame Gyamfi

Journal: Environmental Research, Engineering and Management
ISSN 1392-1649

Volume: 56;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 57;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: resource needs | nuclear power | legal | electricity grid

ABSTRACT
Nuclear power is a proven technology that has served humanity for the past fifty years. It has provided electricity for several countries and shall continue to serve as a viable base load source of electric power. The need for skilled human resources for nuclear practice cannot be overlooked in the quest of any nation to adopt the technology. The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and the University of Ghana in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency have thus started a Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences to provide the human resources needed for nuclear power generation in Ghana. The School currently offers second degree courses as well as doctor of philosophy courses. Financial, land and water resource needs for nuclear power generation have been discussed. Availability of the national grid due to the deregulation of the electric power sector has also been discussed. Nuclear Fuel availability has been discussed along with the steps Ghana has to go through to obtain the technology to her development. The legal and legislative framework for nuclear power generation has also been presented. The programs currently available from the IAEA to assist Ghana to develop nuclear power have also been discussed. Conclusions have been drawn based on the discussions made.

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