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Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute to export atomic technology to Africa (June 11)

- Local workshop on deployment of research nuclear reactors in Kenya

Korea’s competitiveness in research reactor technology grew last year, with its successful completion of the Jordan Research & Training Reactor (JRTR) and production and supply of its first medical isotope. This year, with global cooperation further expanded to Thailand and Kenya, the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) is committed to transferring research reactor technology to developing countries.

The workshop, held in accordance with the ‘MOU on Technology Cooperation in Research Reactors’ signed between KAERI and KNEB last September, was attended by approximately 30 related parties who exchanged experiences and technologies related with Korea’s research reactors and discussed future areas of cooperation.

Also notable were discussions held in relation to Kenya’s request for Korea’s technical assistance in the research reactor preliminary feasibility report and in establishing a technology project plan.

Kenya is currently carrying out the ‘Vision 2030’ project with the aim of joining the ranks of developed countries by 2030. To secure high-quality electricity required in their national development project, Kenya aims to operate its first nuclear power plant in 2027 and deploy a research reactor before its operation.

Director Jae-Ju Ha stated that KAERI will “transfer years of experience and knowhow to support the scientific, technological development of countries new to the nuclear program, such as Kenya, and will spare no technical assistance.” Ha added that “such cooperation will also contribute to establishing mutual relations and strengthening trust in Korea’s export of research reactors, small-sized nuclear plants like SMART, and large-sized nuclear power plants.”

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