As electricity consumption continues to rise and high dependence on imported energy sources continues, Morocco is considering the possibility of incorporating nuclear power into its 2030 energy mix.
Rabat – The inevitable rise in demand for electricity in Morocco makes affordable and clean energy critical for maintaining economic and social development.
“Morocco’s national energy strategy is considering nuclear power as a long-term alternative to meet the country’s future needs, but no decision has been made so far,” said Khalid El Mediouri, Director General of the National Centre for Nuclear Energy, Sciences and Technology Techniques (CNESTEN) and Chair of the Nuclear Power and Seawater Desalination Committee (CRED) to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“For this purpose, we undertook a global evaluation of these conditions alongside the infrastructure required for a nuclear power project compliant with international standards,” explained El Mediouri.
Morocco hosted the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review in October 2015. The IAEA team of experts concluded during the mission that “Morocco has developed a considerable base of knowledge and experience in nuclear activities in its preparations to make an informed decision about introducing nuclear power.”
“Morocco recognizes the importance and the usefulness of the IAEA’s milestone approach and its associated technical assistance programmed,” explained El Mediouri, adding that “through the integrated work plan, the IAEA continues its valuable assistance for the implementation of the INIR mission recommendations. This supports further progress in Morocco’s nuclear infrastructure development.”
Morocco’s experience with nuclear technology goes back to the fifties. Since then, the Kingdom has made use of nuclear tech in medicine, agriculture and industrial applications.
To date, the country runs the MA-RA1 research reactor at the Maâmora Nuclear Research Center for research in nuclear energy, neutron activation analysis, geochronology research, education and training under the supervision of CNESTEN.