The options for a Ugandan Nuclear Energy Programme

According to the National Development Plan 2010-2015 and Vision 2040, Uganda intends to use its uranium reserves to generate electricity using nuclear power stations. With this goal in mind there are a number of options available to Uganda that we discuss in this third part of our nuclear industry series.

Like in the case of Namibia the Government of Uganda ‘could’ decide to mine, mill and export uranium concentrate (or yellowcake) that would ultimately be processed and used for power generation in other countries. This option would generate significant revenues for the country (dependent on varying international uranium prices) and would create a large number of mining, milling and associated jobs. However, it would not support electrification of the country and would be contrary to President Museveni’s thinking around value addition in the mining sector.