A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in Ghana to peer review the status of the country’s National Nuclear Power Infrastructure for the introduction of a Nuclear Power Programme.

The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission is in the country following an official request to the IAEA by the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), acting on behalf of the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organization (GNPPO).

Professor Benjamin J. B. Nyarko, the GAEC Director-Genera, said at a meeting between the two sides here Monday, that the review process fulfilled an important requirement of the IAEA’s milestone approach in the first phase towards the establishment of a nuclear power plant.

He said the week-long review would be co-ordinated and led by the Mission Team consisting of IAEA staff and international experts drawn from IAEA member countries who have experience in different aspects of developing nuclear power infrastructure in a safe, secure and sustainable manner.

The goal of the IAEA co-ordinated peer review is to conduct a holistic evaluation of Ghana’s nuclear infrastructure on the basis of the 19 infrastructure issues to be considered for nuclear power development and sustainability and also to provide suggestions and recommendations to fill gaps that may exist.

The 19 infrastructural issues involve the national position, nuclear safety, management, funding and financing, legislative frameworks, safeguard issues, radiation protection, regulatory frameworks, electric grid, human resource development, stakeholder involvement, site and supporting facilities, environmental protection, emergency planning, security and physical protection, nuclear fuel cycle, radioactive waste, industrial involvement, as well as procurement issues.

Prof. Nyarko said the INIR Mission would comprise interviews and discussions between the IAEA team and a panel of GNPPO members and stakeholder representatives for each of the 19 infrastructure issues.