Rabat – Morocco hosted an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assess the infrastructure needed for the construction of new reactors in accordance with international standards.
On Monday in Rabat, Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mines, Water, and Environment Abdelkader Amara chaired a working session devoted to creating a mission of IAEA experts of led by Mikhail Chudakov, Deputy CEO and Head of the Nuclear Safety and Security Department of the Agency.
Among other objectives, this mission aims to evaluate the potential of Morocco in the field of electricity generation from nuclear sources.
“The team will make recommendations and identify problems that Morocco could meet before taking a thoughtful decision about the introduction of nuclear energy,” said Anne Starz, Senior Adviser for Policy and Strategy Department Energy to the IAEA.
So far, “all INIR missions for 2015 were requested by African Member States,” Starz added.
This visit was part of a tour of IAEA in three African countries, namely Morocco, Nigeria, and Kenya, which have already expressed interest in nuclear power.
Rabat has a high-quality scientific infrastructure in nearby Maâmoura, in the National Energy Center of Science and Nuclear Techniques (CNESTEN), an institution created in 1986 and operated under the auspices of the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and the environment.
CNESTEN is managed by Moroccan staff (researchers, engineers, technicians and administrative staff) whose competence is recognized nationally and internationally.