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Morocco Among Countries Poised for Nuclear Energy Expansion: IAEA Director

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Morocco Among Countries Poised for Nuclear Energy Expansion: IAEA Director

As nations grapple with the urgent need for clean energy alternatives, the global nuclear landscape is poised for a significant expansion. The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, announced that a dozen countries, including Morocco, are expected to become future nuclear energy producers in the coming years.

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The Nuclear Power Expansion

During the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, Grossi revealed that 10 countries are currently making decisions about building nuclear power plants, while another 17 are in the evaluation stage. His prediction points to a potential influx of about 12 or 13 new nuclear countries. This expansion hails a considerable shift in the global energy landscape, with nuclear energy gaining momentum as a viable solution to combat climate change.

Emerging Nuclear Nations

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Among the countries named by Grossi, five African nations – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia and Morocco – stand out. Their possible entry into the nuclear arena marks a significant milestone in Africa's energy development, signalling a move towards a more diversified and sustainable energy mix.

The Global Push for Nuclear Power

According to the IAEA, to reach the objectives of the Paris climate agreement, the number of nuclear reactors worldwide, currently around 400, needs to double. With the US set to spearhead efforts to increase nuclear power globally, the goal is to triple worldwide capacity by 2050. This push for nuclear power has gained considerable support from various countries, including the UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Poland, South Korea, and the aspiring nuclear nations of Ghana and Morocco. The recent trend indicates a nuclear renaissance, with countries intending to build new reactors, relax financing rules for atomic energy, and invest in advanced reactor technologies such as Small Modular Reactors (SMRs).

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