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Russia to build nuclear plant to meet Burkina Faso's energy needs

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Burkina Faso's military leaders have recently signed an agreement with Russia to construct a nuclear power plant in order to address the country's electricity shortage. This move comes after the junta's strained relations with Western partners. Since seizing power last year, Burkina Faso has turned to Russia for both economic and military support. Currently, only 21% of the population has access to electricity, making Burkina Faso one of the least electrified countries worldwide. The deal with Russia, which was initiated during talks between Burkinabe military ruler Capt Ibrahim Traore and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-Africa summit in Moscow, aims to meet the energy demands of Burkina Faso and its neighboring countries. Burkina Faso's target is to achieve 95% electricity access for urban areas and 50% for rural areas by 2030. Currently, the country heavily relies on biofuels like charcoal and wood, with oil products accounting for one-third of its energy supply.

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  • George Kariuki

    31 w

    It is important to weigh the costs and benefits carefully before making a decision about whether or not to build a nuclear power plant.

    • johnte ndeto

      31 w

      Being a resourceful country can't they just invest on clean energy that will still serve the purpose and save our planet

      • Jane Wangui

        31 w

        @johnte_ndeto or channel the funds to invest in a clean energy project. This will make a difference.

      • Sarah Chabane

        31 w

        This doesn't sound like the right way to do things

        • Rotich Kim

          31 w

          The decisions is fairly good to enconomic of both countries but the environmental effects is not well plan and if yes what measures are put in place to ensure our environment is safe?

          • rosebellendiritu

            31 w

            @rotich_kim I agree they must out everything together and weigh what is positive versus what is negative in terms of maintaining sustainability

          • walter lungayi

            31 w

            The decision to build a nuclear power plant in Burkina Faso is complex, as it has both benefits and potential environmental risks. Countries must carefully consider the balance between energy needs and environmental sustainability for economic development.

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