Support for Pre-Feasibility Study in Kenya


Experts from KNEB and IAEA met in Nairobi, Kenya, from 4 to 8 February 2013.

2013-02-26 | An IAEA expert team visited Nairobi on 4-8 February to assist in the development of a Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) for a nuclear power programme of Kenya.

The Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) had assembled a team of experts to draft the Pre-Feasibility Study and analyze issues related to making a decision on launching a nuclear power programme. KNEB was created in November 2012 and functions as a Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing Organization (NEPIO) to guide and inform the government about the viability and planning for a future nuclear power programme.

The IAEA team reviewed the draft Pre-Feasibility Study and provided feedback on the document and on issues such as energy planning, electrical grid, economics, siting and technology assessment. The IAEA team acknowledged that one of the main benefits of this effort is to introduce the Kenyan team to the nineteen nuclear infrastructure issues considered in the IAEA’s Milestones approach (see IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NG-G-3.1).

By performing significant research on the issues, members of the team are building knowledge and capacity for performing analyses and will thus be able to provide valuable information to the Kenyan government as it prepares to make a knowledgeable decision towards a nuclear power programme. The IAEA can also continue to support the program in the future, should the decision be made to proceed.

The IAEA team and KNEB agreed to continue cooperating on the finalizing Pre-Feasibility Study with further support from the IAEA.

 

Background

The context in which feasibility studies are undertaken is described in IAEA guidance document Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure (NG-G.3.1 Ref.), which describes three distinct programme phases:

During Phase 1, a country is encouraged to form a Nuclear Power Implementing Organization (NEPIO) that takes the lead in informing government policy makers of the issues related to embarking on a nuclear power program.

Investigations and studies should be developed that contain the necessary information to allow policy makers to make a knowledgeable decision on whether to proceed with developing nuclear power as part of a national energy strategy.

One of the main inputs to this process should be a pre-feasibility study focused on key issues such as energy planning, economics, electrical grid analysis, identification of potential sites, environmental impacts, nuclear fuel cycle and waste, technology assessment and the availability of human resources.