Govt Will Not Consider Nuclear Power Now -Minister Chasi
The government has said that it has no plans to harness nuclear energy at this point.
Reports indicate that Zimbabwe has one of the largest uranium reserves in the world which were first discovered by Germany prospectors in the 1980s, but remain untapped because of the low world prices, and inconclusive feasibility studies of the mineral.
Energy and Power Development Minister, Fortune Chasi told a post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare on Tuesday last week that nuclear power is not an option, but the country will use other energy sources such as solar. He said:
Nuclear power is not an option because it is regulated internationally. Instead, we will stick to alternatives such as solar power where we will avail incentives such as wavering duty on solar products so that we disengage as many customers from the national grid as possible.
Uranium is considered far more efficient when compared to coal. However, it requires expensive technology and can be extremely dangerous in the event of an accident, as happened at Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union and recently at the Fukushima Daiichi in Japan.