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China to Build Sudan’s First Nuclear Reactor


The China National Nuclear Corporation signed an agreement Monday that paves the way for it to build Sudan’s first nuclear reactor.

“The agreement is a step forward for China’s grand ‘One Belt, One Road’ plan to export technology, including nuclear power and high-speed railway technologies, to African and European nations,” Shanghai-based analyst Shi Yan told Bloomberg. “China can provide both technological and financial support for developing nuclear power projects.”

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Sudan expects its electricity demand to grow from 3,025 to 8,500 megawatts by 2031, the news agency notes, and hopes to see its first nuclear station go into service by 2027.

China is trying to export about 30 of its nuclear units by 2030, China Daily reported in March. CNNC is planning projects in Argentina and Pakistan, while China General Nuclear Power Corporation has its sights set on Kenya and the United Kingdom.

Sudan Finance Minister Badr al-Din Mahmoud said his country and China “agreed to discuss the problems that energy production is facing in Sudan and to reach effective solutions,” the Sudan Tribune reports. “They will also work to solve challenges facing the new projects,” including the need for an electricity plan and transmission network for South Kordofan State.

“China has invested more than $20 billion in Sudan, mostly in the oil sector, during the past two decades,” the paper notes. “Beijing provides low-interest loans and weapons transfers in return for oil.”