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Winds of change, Rosatom in Africa

Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. The MoU covers cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

In sub Saharan Africa, where the need for energy is growing rapidly, the nuclear energy option appears in the African energy market as an important option.  About nuclear power plant projects, france is a very ambitious country. The Elysee administration is very eager to sell nuclear plants to its former colonies, where its energy needs are increasing. The political power and lobby of the old colonies of France is known by everyone. But, in recent times for France in “Françafrique” something goes wrong.

After signing an agreement with Rosatom for the construction of a nuclear power plant with Egypt and Zambia, negotiations with South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Sudan, Ethiopia, Algeria, Uganda and Namibia are being held simultaneously. Africa, where the need for energy is growing rapidly, Rosatom will create a decent market for itself. On the other hand, RusHydro in Africa is engaged in a serious research activity on investment opportunities. It should be borne in mind that in these energy projects Russia will have a very long political and economic effect in these countries.

 Rosatom’s movements will, in the near term, be a serious rival to France, US, and Britain’s energy investments in the region, and will increase the political power of Russia.

AFRIC Editorial Article.

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