Lungu promises nuclear energy

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Edgar Lungu

Edgar Lungu

President Edgar Lungu has promised to pursue nuclear technology as part of the a diversified sustainable energy mix to power the economy.

Delivering his inauguration speech shortly after he was sworn in as the country’s sixth Republican President at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium Tuesday, Lungu said this will be done during his five-year term of office.

Putting up a nuclear power plant costs in the region of US$9 billion and can take between 5-10 years to construct at the fastest. Nuclear power is a reliable energy source and uses small volumes of fuels to produce exponentially large amounts of energy.

President Lungu also talked up the possibility of discovering oil and gas in the country.

“I also have good news that some where in the north of the country, in block 31, investors have began a promising exploration project for oil and gas,” he said.

And Lungu has designated Kafue town an iron and steel facility economic zone with the aim of revamping its economic status and spearheading the industrialisation of the country as a whole.

“On my many trips around the country, during my campaigns, I discovered a project embarked upon by a few patriotic Zambians. These compatriots, against all odds, have established an iron and steel plant in Kafue town,” he said.

“To this effect, in order to encourage such homegrown industries to thrive, I am making Kafue town an iron and steel facility economic zone.
I am also beseeching my compatriots to develop this facility into a centre of excellence for local industries.

“This economic facility zone is meant to induce the revamping of the economic status of Kafue and spearhead the industrialisation programme for Zambia as a whole. This is the model of what we intend to do countrywide to facilitate the emergence of homegrown industrialisation.”



12 Responses to Lungu promises nuclear energy

  1. very simple indeed to utter words,but implemetation is a deases we have in zambia,am going to open an airline citizen are still wating,when we talk of nuclear,radioactive dump site.Zambia can we managed that?

    September 14, 2016 at 10:03 am

    • It just a way of making billions of dollars for himself and his family. this is exactly what is a controversial issue in RSA currently. But that is understandable for RSA as it does not have good rivers. we have all the rivers and sun to produce green energy without thinking about nuclear energy. we are not even as industrialised as RSA yet we want nuclear energy.

      September 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

    • Dan whoever was advising Lungu to utter such nonsense of a Nuclear power plant must’ve been intoxicated with local brew. I don’t think he understands what Nuclear energy is. Safety measures involved, security implications, terrorism etc. They’re so confused with a simple document they signed themselves of the so-called constitution. What more if the Nuclear energy? Ukusabaila has began already, he knows he won’t clock 5years won’t be there himself.

      September 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm

  2. Typical of us Zambians. This is a pipe dream. Nuclear power is more expensive than coal-fired plants according to energy economists. then you have to stay on top of the maintenance, which ZESCo is a tall order.

    That said it’s fine to explore every possibility.

    Cha Cha Cha
    September 14, 2016 at 11:42 am

  3. Nuclear energy and you can’t even run Kariba properly!!!

    Chuck Norris
    September 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm

  4. All nuclear plants should be placed in the north of Zambia, luapula, northern or muchinga, in the south, west, central and lusaka will shall go for clean energy, has this guy ever heard about the chernobyl nuclear disaster?

    Conspiracy Theory
    September 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm

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  6. Remember that one day there will be no untapped rivers for hydro – and solar, wind can only do so much. You will have no choice but go nuclear. Start training nuclear scientists now!!!

    September 15, 2016 at 7:18 am

  7. Imagine you can tell that all the negativity is coming from UPND cadres. Our river’s are running dry and solar energy is limited the one option is Nuclear and already they are condemning they are down on their knees praying to Satan so that PF fails

    September 15, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  8. This Child-like optimism should now stop. Which african country has nuclear energy plant? A simple plant costs around £10 billion pounds, that is three times the national debt of Zambia.It takes a minimum of 10 years to build. Why are Zambia so daft? If France they are still struggling to build nuclear plants. In Germany nuclear plants are not allowed by law. Now in Zambia, a country with mono railway and no resources, going nuclear? You have more chances of Edgar Lungu turning water into wine than building a nuclear plant.

    The Kimbanguist
    September 15, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    • lol… rather turn Jameson into water

      Minister of F A K E religions
      September 15, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    • Bwana – Countries in Southern Africa can come together and get financing for a nuclear power plant. The problem is that when you hear the word “nuclear”, your heads begin to spin.

      September 15, 2016 at 6:02 pm

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