A power company situated in Canada, StarCore Nuclear Inc. has proposed to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the construction of twenty three (23) small modular reactors (SMRs) nuclear power station to boost electricity supply and make accessible to the millions of Nigerians who have unreliable or no access to electricity.
The proposal which was sent in an email to Sweetcrude, the company stated: “Per head of population, Nigeria is one of the least-electrified nations and the current system is struggling to keep up with the demand for electricity by its 170 million people and growing day by day. The StarCore Nuclear proposal will especially benefit the more remote areas of the country where the grid infrastructure is less reliable compared with those close to the state capital cities.
“The proposal comprises the erection of 23 micro grids across the more remote regions of the country thus minimizing, or even eliminating, the expenditure that the government will need to make on electricity infrastructure in those target areas”
The company also noted in the proposal that the design of the reactors in the nuclear power plant would be done in a way that it would be safe and not harmful to the environment.
“The StarCore Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) design is inherently safe, as judged by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which means it cannot overheat and would shut down automatically when there is a problem in operation given that the plant is fully automated.”
“Furthermore, the plant is passively secure and as a result it is extremely hard to damage by force, sabotage or terrorism. It is gas cooled so it does not need water for cooling – important for the remote parts of Nigeria and is cheaper than the existing off-grid or edge-of-grid power and can match or lower many on-grid power prices.
“Other advantages are that it can also provide carbon-free electricity, heat energy for industries which would otherwise require burning fossil fuel, and abundant purified water for irrigation and those people without clean water sources.”
It stated: “This plant measures only 30m wide by 60-100m long and is set within a site area of 5-10acres with almost no boundaries between the plant and public infrastructure. ‘’Best of all, however, is the build-own-license-operate-refuel-decommission business model which means no capital outlay by the Nigerian government or imposition of financial burden on the tax payers. ‘’StarCore is a full life cycle manager and does not sell the plants or technology. Instead the company will negotiate a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for electricity off take.”
Representatives of the StarCore company are believed to have initiated contact with the relevant authorities in Abuja, including the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), top government officials from the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), and Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA).