Senegal rejects nuclear power

4 May 2011

The Senegalese head of State, Abdoulaye Wade, announced on April 28 that Senegal was rejecting nuclear power in order to concentrate on renewable energies.

He made the announcement at the inauguration ceremony of the 4th trade fair on Renewable Energies and the Environment in Africa.

He believes that the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan, shows the need to turn to other sources of renewable energies.

"I have just rejected the mobile nuclear power station which Senegal had negotiated with Russia", he said, in a quote by the newspaper Le Soleil.

He also stated that he will submit two resolutions to the African Union to the effect that the continent should declare itself a nuclear-free zone.

Earlier last month, he announced that the national electricity company, SENELEC, was currently conducting negotiations with investors interested in the installation of wind farms at Taïba Ndiaye and Saint-Louis to generate a total output of 140 megawatts, reports the APS press agency.

He also mentioned a solar power plant producing 7.5 megawatts at Ziguinchor and another using biomass at Rosso-Béthio producing 300 megawatts.

Category: Energy

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