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Monday, 8 December 2008

Namibia's nuclear ambitions...

An interesting BBC report this this weekend, that as part of its solution to solve the power deficit, Namibia is quietly getting on with a nuclear programme. Excerpt :

Alwynne Lubber works for the Rossing uranium mine, which is located 70 kilometres inland from the Namibian coastal town of Swakopmund. "The end product of Rossing uranium is uranium oxide, which is a blackish powder, produced by extracting the uranium in the granite rock....Once it's gone through the chemical extraction process, the yellow cake is roasted at around 800C," said Mr Lubber.

Namibia is essentially a desert country and it relies on South Africa for almost half its electricity. However, it does have plenty of uranium and the government is already quietly getting on with a nuclear programme. "We are going for nuclear power, there is no question about it, but what we are going to do - I am not prepared to talk about it because we haven't even got legislation in place yet," said Joseph Iiata, the permanent secretary in Namibia's ministry of minerals and energy. "Why should we sleep in darkness if we have been given resources like uranium," he added.

1 comment:

  1. Good idea and with S.Africa's pebble reactors, the safety factor is much higher.

    Furthermore, Namibia should supply SSA with electricity.

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