The Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) of Ghana recently engaged with Energy Sector stakeholders and the Media to provide updates on its role as the regulator for Ghana’s nuclear power program. The Director-General of the NRA, Ing. Dr. Nii Kwashie Allotey, discussed the programmme’s status, public expectations, and the Authority’s commitment to safety. The Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organisation (GNPPO) leaders also presented valuable information, including Dr. Archibald Buah-Kuofie on the programme’s status, Dr. Stephen Yamoah on progress, and Dr. Emmanuel Ampomah-Amoako on the NRA’s role.

Ghana’s nuclear power programme has entered phase two, with ongoing engagements with vendor countries for partnerships and technology selection. The NRA is actively developing regulations, guidelines, and standards to oversee all aspects of the nuclear power plants’ lifecycle, prioritizing safety, security, and safeguards.

A comprehensive Q&A session covered various topics, including costs, emergency management, sustainability, and human resources. The event aimed to promote transparent dialogue and informed public discussions about Ghana’s pursuit of nuclear power as part of its national energy mix.

Established in 2016 through the NRA Act, 895, 2015, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority is responsible for regulating the civilian use of nuclear and radioactive materials in various sectors. It has taken over the mandate and activities of the Radiation Protection Board of the Radiation Protection Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. The NRA’s transparent approach aligns with national and international standards, ensuring the regulation of radiation and nuclear facilities.