Moscow is sure to tout nuclear energy at the Russia-Africa Summit, selling it as a idea for the continent’s power supply woes. So just how worries should we be about its intentions and Africa’s willingness?
Southern Africa’s ongoing famine has had a devastating effect on the region’s power supply. Kariba Dam, which straddles Zimbabwe and Zambia and creates significant amounts of electricity, has water levels that are at the least in years.
Both the countries have now turned to South Africa to import power, even though the area’s biggest country and the continent’s most industrialized nation, South Africa, is not able to meet its own energy requirements.
Almost 600 million Africans do not have access to electricity. With increasing populations and rising demand for power, African governments are desperate for ideas. In 2016, the Zambian government signed an agreement with Moscow to assist it as it explores nuclear technology. And the energy-hungry country isn’t alone.
Nuclear technology and know-how will be the top agenda at the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi. There’s a whole panel debate on how it could contribute to improvement in Africa. The discussion will have the CEO of Rosatom, Russia’s state-backed nuclear energy company, and the leader of the Zambia Atomic Energy Agency, Roland Msiska.
Moscow is looking for new partners- Two years ago; Rosatom’s CEO allegedly stated the state-backed entity needed to begin earning more money through commercial projects abroad.