The Rwandan government has entered into a landmark nuclear energy agreement with the Canadian-German nuclear firm, Dual Fluid. This strategic move aims to bolster the nation’s energy capabilities and meet the demands of its expanding developmental needs.
As part of the initial phase of the partnership, a demonstration Dual Fluid nuclear reactor is slated for construction and is expected to be operational by 2026. Subsequent stages involve thorough testing of the Dual Fluid technology, set to conclude by 2028.
Upon successful completion, the nuclear initiative will add a significant 300 MW to the national grid, as confirmed by the Rwanda Atomic Energy Board’s CEO, Ndahayo Fidele.
The Rwandan government will furnish the requisite site and infrastructure, with Dual Fluid taking the helm for the technical execution.
Dual Fluid’s proprietary technology, which centers on liquid fuel and lead coolant, promises to enhance the efficacy of contemporary nuclear power generation.
The envisaged reactors will serve a dual purpose: producing electricity and creating hydrogen and synthetic fuels, all while undercutting the expenses tied to fossil fuels.
With Rwanda’s persistent efforts to bridge its 30% electricity access deficit, this collaboration aligns with the nation’s ambitions to attain universal electricity access by 2024.
The present energy makeup of Rwanda comprises 44% renewable sources, with an installed capacity of 332.6 MW stemming from a mix of thermal (51%), hydro (43.9%), and solar (4.2%) sources.