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S. Korea, Kenya to cooperate in developing, managing nuclear plant

All News 18:00 September 02, 2016

SEJONG, Sept. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Kenya on Friday agreed to cooperate in building and managing a nuclear power plant in the Africa country, the trade ministry here said.

Deputy Trade Minister Lee In-ho and Kenyan Energy Minister Charles Cheruiyot Keter signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Seoul on expanding bilateral cooperation in the energy sector, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

Under the MOU, South Korea will help Kenya carry out a project to build 4,000 megawatt nuclear power plants through sharing management experience and offering experts.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye (L) and her Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta hold summit talks in Nairobi on May 31, 2016. (Yonhap file photo)

The MOU is a follow-up to a summit meeting between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi in late May this year.

Nairobi plans to diversify its energy sources by building nuclear power plants and seeks cooperation with other countries including South Korea, which runs 24 nuclear reactors nationwide, with four reactors in the United Arab Emirates.

In the meeting in Seoul, the two officials also discussed ways to enhance economic relationship between Seoul and Nairobi in the energy sector.

Kenya is the world's eighth-biggest geothermal energy producing country, with a potential of 10,000 megawatt geothermal power.


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