The Nuclear Power and Energy Agency hosted a major two-day international conference in Nairobi, Kenya between 15-16 October 2019. Dubbed Africa Nuclear Business Platform, it was the inaugural edition of what is envisioned to become an annual calendar activity linking the global nuclear energy industry with embarking African countries.
Commencing on 8th July 2019, the Government of Kenya through Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) and Radiation Protection Board (RPB) in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hosted a five-day regional workshop to promote the Universalization of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) in Mombasa, Kenya.
From 8th - 11th April, Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) formerly KNEB in its quests to promote Science and Innovation amongst upcoming sientists pitched tent at the 2019 Kenya Science and Engineering Fair NAtional competition at Jomo Kenyatta High School in Nakuru County. The four day event brouht together over 1500 young innovators from High schools drawn from across the country and 500 teachers who mentored the students in coming up with their innovators that were exibited in the Science Fair. This presented a unique opportunity to NuPEA to engage young innovators on nuclear energy development in Kenya and their role as the future Human Resource for Kenya's nuclear power programme.
The Nuclear Regulatory Bill 2018 was published by Parliament on November 19, 2018 in Kenya Gazette Supplement No.143 (National Assembly Bills No.27). The Bill has undergone First Reading and is now committed to the Departmental Committee on Energy. Public Hearings on the Nuclear Regulatory Bill 2018 have been planned and are scheduled to take place from 22 March 2019 to 7 May 2019.
On Thursday 30 August 2018, Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) formerly KNEB was formally awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification by Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). This was during a ceremony held at the Intercontinental hotel presided over by Hon. Simon Kachapin Chief Administrative Officer, Ministry of Energy as Chief Guest, Kenya Bureau of Standards Acting Managing Director Mr. Bernard Nguyo, NuPEA Board members, NuPEA management and staff, CEOs from the energy Sectors and other stakeholder institution and media.
On 5th August 2018, Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) formerly KNEB participated in the 6th Edition of the Great Energy Debate at Strathmore University. The Debate organized by focused on the role of Energy in the Big 4 Agenda that focuses at enhancing Manufacturing, Health Care, Food security and affordable housing in Kenya. NuPEA was represented by Eng. Collins Juma, Chief Executive Officer who was a panelist in the Debate that drew participants from the academia, industry, NGOs, Government utilities under the Ministry of Energy represented by their respective Chief Executive Officers, Independent Power Producers, Consumer bodies, students and energy enthusiasts.
The critical role of a legal and regulatory framework in a nuclear power programme was the key message by the Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) formerly KNEB during the 2018 annual Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Conference, which was held between 8th to 12th August 2018 at the Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort in Kwale County.
Under the theme: The Rule of Law and Contested Constitutionalism in Post 2010 Kenya: Promises, Progress, Pitfalls and Prospects, the conference converged over 1000 lawyers from various parts of the country with the Chief Justice Hon. David Maraga as the chief guest during the official opening.
KENYA SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR 2018
For Kenya to realize Vision 2030 Science and technology is one of the major catalysts and a major pillar of the vision 2030. This was well captured in the just concluded 56th Kenya Science and Engineering Fair 2018 National competition theme “Science and technology for actualization of vision 2030.” The four day event was held at Kibabii, high School Bungoma County that brought together about 1,800 people who included: teachers, innovators, students, sponsors and officials from the ministry of Education state department of basic education.
On 27th February 2018, Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) on behalf of International Atomic Energy Agency donated a breast board to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). KNEB C.E.O Eng. Collins Juma handed over the breast board to KNH C.E.O Lilly Koros Tare at their offices in Upper Hill. Also present during the handover ceremony was KNH’s Director corporate services, Director Supply chain among other senior officials at the Hospital.
Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board staff Mr. Brian Nyawinda was feted for an outstanding concept for a sustainable future project in the just concluded 19th World Festival of youth and students held in October 2017 in Sochi, Russia. The festival brought together youths from all over the world who were tasked to come up a project that will solve a problem the world in the future.
By Esther Musyoka
An important consideration to make when introducing nuclear electricity generation in a country is the need to continuously push factual information to spur understanding among its stakeholders and or public on aspects involved in nuclear power development.
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