Zimbabwe signs an MoU with Rosatom to research nuclear power generation
Zimbabwe has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russian state nuclear power company Rosatom to study nuclear power generation as the African nation seeks to reduce its reliance on hydropower.
Zimbabwe’s Minister of Information, Monica Mutsvangwa, said the anticipated cooperation on the peaceful use of nuclear energy will provide alternative energy sources that Zimbabwe needs.
The country’s collaboration with Rosatom will also examine the feasibility of building a nuclear science and technology center, she said. No further details of the agreement were given. Zimbabwe wants to reduce its reliance on electricity from Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made reservoir where the water level has dropped.
Russia has signed more than a dozen intergovernmental agreements in Africa in recent years, and Rosatom works with more than 20 countries on the continent. Burundi turned to Rosatom earlier this year to help develop a 556 MW nuclear power plant to power its mining industry.
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State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom is one of the world’s leading technology companies. It is a cross-sector holding company that includes assets from the fields of energy technology, mechanical engineering and construction. The company has competencies across the entire nuclear fuel cycle and has the world’s largest foreign project portfolio with 35 power plants in various implementation phases in 12 countries. Rosatom is the largest electricity producer in Russia and covers over 20% of the country’s energy needs.
Rosatom also ventures into the manufacture of devices and isotopes for nuclear medicine, doing research, doing materials studies, digital products and manufacturing various innovative nuclear and non-nuclear products.