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Kenya's Nuclear Power Agency to be Disbanded in cost cutting plan to bring down cost of electricity

The State agency charged with developing Kenya's roadmap to nuclear energy is set to be dis banded. A task force formed to look into modalities of bringing down the cost of power has recommended the dissolution of the Nuclear Power Energy Agency (Nupea), saying it serves no major purpose at the moment.

The Presidential Task force on the Review of Power Purchase Agreements said in a report that the country is years away from set- ting up its first nuclear power plant and does not yet need a stand alone parastatal to steer the process.

The task force, chaired by ICDC chair John Ngumi, cited the Kenya Least Cost Power Development Plan (LCPDP) in which the first nuclear power plant is expected to start generating electricity in 2037.

It said the functions that Nupea is currently undertaking could be easily handled by a department within the Ministry of Energy.

"According to the 2020-40 LCPDP it is unlikely that the country will go into nuclear power production in the foreseeable future," said the report that was presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta late September and made public on Thursday.

"A separate entity to promote and implement a nuclear programme in Kenyais, therefore, not necessary at this point, and this high level non- generation role could be played by the Energy ministry".

The taskforce said it had established that the scope of Nupea's mandate involves aspects not related to nuclear energy, such as research and capacity building in other utilities.

"The envisaged role, which is not nuclear related, can be performed efficiently by the respective entities. The cost implication of running Nupea as a distinct entity cannot be justified" the report said.

The verdict may mean that the agency has over the years gobbled up billions of shillings that it did not need. Nupea was allocated Sh518.98 million in the financial year to June 2019, nearly half of which (Sh25648 million) was spent on employee costs.

Kenya started considering nuclear electricity in 200 ceremony. which will be held in 2022," she said.

"The event will be a platform for all our Mice and business events stakeholders to partner with KICC and showcase everything Kenya has to offer in the sector."

The CEO said KICC is streamlining conferencing to ensure visiting delegates that come to Kenya have an all-round experience. The corporation is further working with stakeholders to come up with attractive conference packages that will ensure delegates experience the whole of Kenya.

"This move is aimed at increasing Kenya's conference tourism market share locally and internationally"

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