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China Signs Deal With Sudan To Build Nuclear Power Plant

Jun 16 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 358 | Comments: 0

A Chinese state-owned company has signed a framework agreement with Sudan to build the east African country’s first nuclear power plant, an official in Khartoum said on Tuesday.

The China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the electricity ministry on Monday to build nuclear reactors that would help to generate electricity.

The agreement will allow Sudan to build in the future a nuclear plant to generate nuclear energy for peaceful use, ministry spokesman Mohamed Abdelrahim Jawish told reporters.

This preliminary agreement was signed on Monday and we are now talking of capacities, he added.
Sudan’s current annual power generation capacity is about 3,000 megawatts, but demand is expected to rise significantly over the next few years.

Chinese state-owned energy companies have been seeking to promote homegrown nuclear technology and to strike energy deals worldwide.

CNNC is already working with Argentina to build the South American country’s fourth and fifth nuclear reactors. It has also signed deals to build nuclear power plants in Romania, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya.

The Chinese corporations deals are in line with President Xi Jinpings aggressive foreign policy initiatives that include promoting homegrown technologies abroad.

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