A Six-Day Ghana’s INIR Mission Ends In Accra
Ghana’s Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission for Phase 1 which started on Monday, 16th of January 2017 in Accra comes to a successful end on Monday, 23rd January, 2017.
Making their remarks at the closing ceremony, the leader of the INIR team, Mr. Anthony Stott, the Director of the Renewable and Alternative Energy at the Ministry Energy; Mr. Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, the Board Chair of the Nuclear Power Institute; Dr. Kwaku Aning and the Vice Chairman of the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organization; Prof. B.J.B Nyarko lauded the extensive work done throughout the mission.
The various speakers attributed the effectiveness and the overall success of the mission to the extensive preparation work by the IAEA/International experts and the Ghanaian counterpart and also to the open, honest and transparent dialogue that transpired between both teams.
Mr. Ahiataku-Togobo in his remark, assured the mission of government’s total commitment to include nuclear power in the nation’s electricity generation mix in order to support base load. He used the opportunity to expressed Ghana’s appreciation to the IAEA for their immense supports and role played to date as far as guiding the country to achieve the needed milestones for nuclear power development.
He mentioned the formation of the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organization (GNPPO) and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) as part of government’s commitment to the nuclear power programme. He also assured the mission of government’s commitment to address the recommendations made during the mission and which are captured in the mission report.
Mr Ahiataku-Togobo stated that, nuclear power aside its environmental friendliness also has the potential to drive industry, add value to Ghana’s natural resources and also provide cheap power to support export.
He concluded by acknowledging the Volta River Authority (VRA) for accepting government request to become the owner/operator for Ghana’s first nuclear power plant.
On his part, Dr. Kwaku Aning emphasized GNPPO’s awareness of the requirements for safety, security, safeguards and other issues that the organization need to be conversant of, in their implementation function.
He appealed for the supports of all stakeholder institutions to effectively coordinate the success of the programme, stating that the achievement of the Phase 1 INIR mission is just one step among several other steps in the entire programme.
He requested international partners and other friendly government to also provide the needed supports that the programme will require assuring all of government’s support for the nuclear power programme.
He noted that Ghana cannot disappoint with the chance of including nuclear power in the country’s electricity generation mix due to incompetence but rather prove her technical capability in the field so as to set good example and create assurance for such opportunities in other developing countries.
He therefore called on the technical staff from all relevant stakeholder institutions to bring on board their expertise to work out the success of the nation’s nuclear power programme with commitment and competence.
In a presentation made at the closing ceremony, Mr. Anthony Stott, the INIR team lead provided an outline of the content of the INIR mission and the process it has to go through to be approved and finally submitted to the government of Ghana. He stated the primary objectives of the INIR mission and what the INIR mission is not. He also presented the observation and outcomes from the mission and projected the key areas for further actions by Ghana and also the good practices observed in the Ghana team and the overall programme implementation.
He lauded the good practice observed in Ghana’s programme management which saw the setting up of a Management Centre at an early stage to develop an understanding of management system requirements and establishment of several processes within the GNPPO including a process for document control. He also observed that fewer number of recommendations were given, most of which are meant to direct the Phase 2 implementation of the programme.
The objective of the INIR mission which ended on Monday, 23 January 2017, was to assist Ghana to evaluate and determine the current status of the implementation of the nation’s nuclear power programme by reviewing the 19 infrastructure issues for phase 1 of the programme based on the evaluation conditions prescribed by the IAEA.