August 21, 2010 (KHARTOUM) - A delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to visit Sudan this week to advise on the country’s plan to import a “peaceful nuclear reactor”, state media reported.
The Sudanese government has long disclosed its intention to establish a nuclear programme to produce electrical power and has publicly backed Iran’s right to pursue a peaceful nuclear programme.
According to SUNA, the country’s official news agency, the IAEA’s delegation will be in Khartoum from August 23 to 26 to discuss with competent authorities Sudan’s progress in implementing a feasibility study on the possibility of importing a nuclear reactor for “research purposes.”
SUNA stated that Sudan established its nuclear programme in early 2010 “in line with the state’s pursuance of a peaceful nuclear programme.”
The director-general of the Sudanese Corporation for Nuclear Power, Mohamed Ahmed Hassan Al-Tayeb, said the IAEA experts would advise local staff on preparing a feasibility study on how to make the most of the nuclear reactor in terms of training human resources and producing radioactive isotopes for medical and industrial purposes.
Al-Tayeb further disclosed that Sudan had entered the practical phases of producing nuclear electrical power as part of a long term plan, devised by the National Electricity Corporation, to fulfil increasing demand for electrical power by 2030, adding that Sudan expects to build its first nuclear power station in 2020.
Earlier, on August 4, Sudan’s minister of science and technology, Issa Bushra, had announced that the country had received approval from IAEA to construct two nuclear reactors.
Despite the oil boom noticeable in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, most of the country’s peripheries remain critically underdeveloped.