The Nuclear Power and Energy Agency is a State Corporation established under the Energy Act 2019. It is charged with the responsibility of promoting and implementing Kenya’s Nuclear Power Programme, carrying out research and development for the energy sector.
Towards attainment of its mandate, the Nuclear Power and Energy Agency shall develop policies and legislation, undertake public education and awareness, identify suitable sites for the construction of Nuclear Power Plants; carry out research, development and innovation on energy technologies as well as capacity building for the energy sector
The organization was formed in 2010 as the Nuclear Electricity Project Committee (NEPC). It was transformed into a parastatal under the State Corporations Act, as the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board in November 2012. Its mandate was to realize Kenya’s Vision 2030 by fast tracking the development of nuclear power in order to enhance the production of affordable and reliable electricity.
Following the enactment of Energy Act 2019, Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) changed its name to Nuclear Power and Energy Ageny (NuPEA). This took effect from 28th March 2019. The legislation conferred an expanded mandate to the organization involving carrying out research for development and dissemination of energy technologies as well as capacity building for the entire energy sector. This is in addiction to development of the Nuclear Power Programme for electricity generation in Kenya.
NuPEA is currently in the process of undertaking siting studies to identify suitable locations for nuclear power plants in Kenya and developing the legislative and regulatory framework for a nuclear power programme. Indeed, the Nuclear Regulatory Bill that will transform the Radiation Protection Board into the regulator is currently before Parliament.
NuPEA has facilitated training of more than two dozen Kenyans in Nuclear Power Engineering in South Korea. Seven others have studied for the Diploma in Nuclear Law in Montpellier, France. This is all part of a comprehensive capacity building programme for the Nuclear Power Programme. Further, NuPEA is undertaking stakeholder involvement, public awareness and sensitization.
In the future outlook, plans are ongoing towards construction of a research reactor at Konza Technopolis, which will be used for training and production of medical radioisotopes for therapy of cancer and other diseases.
- Propose policies and legislation necessary for the successful implementation of a nuclear power programme.
- Undertake extensive public education and awareness on Kenya’s nuclear power programme
- Identify, prepare and facilitate implementation of an approved roadmap for a nuclear power programme
- In collaboration with the relevant Government agencies develop a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework for nuclear electricity generation in Kenya
- Develop a human resource capacity to ensure Kenya has the requisite work force to successfully establish and maintain a nuclear power programme
- Identify appropriate sites in Kenya for the construction of nuclear power plants and their related amenities
- Enter into collaborative programmes with other countries, international and national organizations in relation to nuclear electricity research and development;
- Identify a suitable operator for nuclear power plants;
- Establish a well-stocked library and information centre on nuclear science and technology;
- Promote local, regional and international participation in research activities, particularly in technology-oriented research;
- Put in place mechanisms to attract private sector funding in research and human resource development for matters relating to energy;
- Undertake a national research and human resource development road-mapping to assess the status of research in key energy technologies
- Promote local production of energy technologies
- Collaborate with institutions that collect, analyse and prepare policy papers in order to access energy sector specific information;
- Enhance research linkages between industry and academia in matters relating to energy;
- Continuously train and upgrade human resource capacity in the energy sector to keep up with the changing technological issues in collaboration with training institutions;
- Advice on training curriculum and training needs targeting key areas in the energy sector;
- Direct, monitor, conduct and implement energy research and technology development in all fields of energy;
- Promote energy research and technology innovation
- Provide for training and development in the field of energy and petroleum, research and technology development; and commercialization of energy technologies resulting from energy research and development programmes
- Register patents and intellectual property in its name resulting from its activities
- Authorize other persons for the use of its patents and intellectual property on such terms as the Agency may deem fit
- Publish its research findings and other research materials
- Establish facilities for the collection and dissemination of information in connection with research, development and innovation in the energy sector;
- Undertake any other energy technology development related activity as directed by the Cabinet Secretary
- Collaborate with relevant training centres to ensure synergy in matters relating to energy