Abuja - Russia and Nigeria have strengthened
their partnership and cooperation in the field of atomic energy.
This follows the two countries agreeing on a draft
agreement on the building of a research reactor in Nigeria.
This was disclosed
in a statement obtained from Russian Embassy in Abuja.
It said Deputy Director of the State Corporation
‘Rosatom’ Nikolay Spassky and the Chairman of the Nigerian Atomic Energy
Commission, Erepamo Osaisai, agreed on a draft agreement on the building of the
The agreement is expected to be signed before the end of
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The centre's functioning will allow not only to raise the training of the Nigerian national
nuclear specialists to a qualitatively new level but it will also have a commercial value particularly the isotopes
produced at the reactor can be used for the benefits of agriculture, medicine
and other economic spheres of Nigeria as well as of other African states.
The nuclear power plant is part of efforts to add 1 200
megawatts capacity by the end of the decade.
The first nuclear plant will be operational in 2025 and
will be increased to four plants with a total capacity of 4 800 megawatts by
Each facility will cost $20 billion.
- CAJ News